SA’s maize supplies for the 2018/2019 production year are shaping up better than feared in January 2019. This is when dryness in the western parts of the country threatened to delay plantings.

On June 26, SA’s Crop Estimates Committee left its 2018/2019 maize harvest estimate essentially unchanged from May, at 10.9-million tonnes. About 5.5-million tonnes is white maize, with 5.4-million tonnes being yellow maize. While it is comforting to see that there were no downward revisions, the expected harvest is 13% lower than last season’s harvest due to a slight reduction in area planted and poor yields on the back of dryness during the season. ..

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.