Crop estimate for SA maize exceeds expectations

The South African maize harvest has exceeded all expectations, with the Crop Estimate Committee now putting it at 16.414 million tonnes - 444 175 tonnes (2.78%) more than the previous estimate of 15. 969 million tonnes a month ago. “It is unbelievable that one year you have one of the…

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Third crop estimate: even more maize expected from SA farmers

The National Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) again raised 2017’s expected maize harvest for South African farmers in its third crop estimate. According to the estimate, a maize harvest of 14.5 million tons is expected for summer grain producing areas. The crop estimate is 87% bigger than the 2016 maize harvest.…

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SA summer harvest estimates higher than expected

South Africa can potentially produce its second largest maize harvest yet, if the first crop estimate for 2017 becomes reality. The first official estimate from the National Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) predicts a maize harvest of 13.918 million tons for 2017. This is almost 80% more than the 2016 harvest…

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South Africa feeling the squeeze of Zambian export bans

Pressure is mounting on South Africa for maize supply to their drought stricken neighbours due to recent export bans implemented in Zambia. According to Agbiz, the South African chamber of agricultural business, Zambia might maintain these export bans, and this could potentially draw regional demand to South Africa. Unfortunately due…

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