The 2019 area estimates and second winter crop estimate has been released by the National Crop Estimates Committee (CEC).

Wheat

The expected production of wheat is 1,806 million tons, which is 5,72% or 109 480 tons less than the previous forecast of 1,916 million tons. The expected yield is 3,34 t/ha.

In the Western Cape, the expected production is 780 000 tons (43%), in the Free State 435 200 tons (24%) and in the Northern Cape 281 250 tons (16%).

The area estimate for wheat was revised to 540 000ha, which is 3 000ha more than the 537 000ha of the previous forecast. An estimated 325 000ha or 60% is planted in the Western Cape, 128 000ha or 24% in the Free State and 37 500ha or 7% in the Northern Cape.

Other crops

For malting barley, the production forecast is 389 260 tons, which is 3,04% or 12 200 tons less than the previous forecast of 401 460 tons. The area planted is estimated at 131 960ha, while the expected yield is 2,95t/ha.

The expected canola crop is 88 800 tons, which is 14,29% or 14 800 tons less than the previous forecast of 103 600 tons. The area estimate for canola is 74 000ha, with an expected yield of 1,20t/ha.

The revised area estimate for oats (cereals) for the 2019 season is 27 200ha and the expected crop is 36 460 tons. The expected yield is 1,34t/ha.

Take note that the second production forecast for winter cereals for 2019 will be released on 24 October. – CEC Report 

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