South African Corn Decreases Due to Weather10 May 2012
SOUTH AFRICA - Post forecasts that the area planted to corn later in 2012 for the 2012/13 MY (market year) (2013/14 MY for South Africa) will be around three million hectares, just down from the 3.2 million hectares planted in the previous marketing year
This will, on a national average yield basis, result in a corn crop of about 11.4 million tons. In their third estimate, the Crop Estimates Committee’s (CEC) decreased the South African commercial corn crop by almost two per cent to 11.1 million tons due to drought conditions experienced through the growing season.
Post estimates that subsistence farmers planted about 500,000 hectares of corn and will produce 500,000 tons of corn. This means that South Africa’s total corn crop for the 2011/12 MY is estimated at 11.6 million tons on 3.2 million hectares compared to the 10.9 million tons on 2.9 million hectares of the 2010/11 MY.
Post forecasts that South Africa will be able to export about 1.5 million tons of corn in the 2012/13 MY. Despite the unfavorable climatic conditions in the 2011/12 MY, South Africa is expected to continue to be a net exporter of corn due to the increase of hectares planted.
Post estimates that these exports will also be around 1.5 million tons. For the 2010/11 MY, South Africa exported 2.4 million tons of corn, which included 1.7 million tons of white corn and 710,334 tons of yellow corn.
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