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

Wheat

The expected production of wheat is 1,7 million tons, which is 6,13% or 110 700 tons fewer than the previous forecast of 1,8 million tons, while the expected yield is 3,14 tons/ha.

The expected production is as follows: 682 500 tons (40%) in the Western Cape, 422 200 tons (25%) in the Free State and 281 250 tons (17%) in the Northern Cape. An estimated 325 000 ha or 60% is planted in the Western Cape, 128 000ha or 24% in the Free State and 37 500has or 7% in the Northern Cape.

Other crops

The production forecast for malting barley is 364 860 tons, which is 6,8% or 24 400 tons fewer than the previous forecast of 389 260 tons. The area planted is estimated at 131 960ha, while the expected yield is 2,8 tons/ha.

The expected canola crop is 81 400 tons, which is 8,3% or 7 400 tons fewer than the previous forecast of 88 800 tons. The area estimate for canola is 74 000ha, with an expected yield of 1,1 tons/ha.

The area estimate for oats (cereals) for the 2019 season is 27 200ha and the expected crop is 34 990 tons. The expected yield is 1,29 tons/ha.

Take note that the fourth production forecast for winter cereals for 2019 will be released on 26 November. – CEC Report 

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