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South Africa Sees Maize Crop Dropping to 3-Year Low

28.02.2019 16:07 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) Within 2018/19 MY, the South African maize crop will probably drop 16% (against 2017/18 MY), down to the lowest since 2015/16 MY (when dry weather delayed plantings and hurt crops), Bloomberg says referring to Lusani Ndou, a senior statistician at the Pretoria-based Crop Estimates Committee, report. As to Ndou, as of 2018/19 MY, the South African farmers will probably produce 10.51 million tons maize. It is to be admitted, South Africa has historically produced the biggest crop on the continent (a record-high 16.82 million tons as of 2016) followed by 12.51 million tons as of 2018. However, Ndou admits the fry weather within the maize peak planting period late last year and this year Jan has delayed the maize sowing and raised concerns about maize crop yield. Recent rainfall has led to some improvement of the crop conditions, and so the Committee has raised its estimate for the maize sown area to 2.30 million ha (up against previous 2.27 million ha). Some experts say though the rainfall forecast has improved, it is still unclear if it will lead to notable improvement in yields. Maize that had been planted late could be affected by frost within some areas.

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