2024 maize planting area seen up 2%

South African farmers are expected to plant maize over an area 2% bigger this year than last, the government’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said on Tuesday.

The CEC forecast a 2.36% increase in the area planted for white maize, and a 1.47% increase in the area planted for yellow maize.

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Overall, farmers were expected to plant 2.638 million hectares of maize in 2024, up from 2.586 million hectares the previous year.

South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee released its preliminary planted area for summer crops and latest estimates for winter cereals on Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of the data.

Preliminary area planted for 2024 summer crops

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ESTIMATE

2023
White Maize
Area 1,557,250 ha 1,521,300 ha
Production 8,499,965 T
Yellow Maize
Area 1,080,500 ha 1,064,800 ha
Production 7,895,260 T
Total Maize
Area 2,637,750 ha 2,586,100 ha
Production 16,395,225 T
Sunflower Seed
Area 613,200 ha 555,700 ha
Production 729,110 T
Soya Beans
Area 1,036,600 ha 1,148,300 ha
Production 2,755,300 T
Ground Nuts
Area 41,200 ha 31,300 ha
Production 51,910 T
Sorghum
Area 39,600 ha 34,000 ha
Production 94,360 T
Dry Beans
Area 39,400 ha 36,650 ha
Production 50,260 T

Winter crops – sixth production estimate 2023

LATEST ESTIMATES 2023 PREVIOUS ESTIMATE 2023 2022
Wheat
Area 537,950 ha 537,950 ha 566,800 ha
Production 2,089,225 T 2,151,625 T 2,110,000 T
Barley
Area 107,600 ha 107,600 ha 101,000 ha
Production 376,195 T 360,220 T 302,000 T
Canola
Area 131,200 ha 131,200 ha 123,510 Ha
Production 237,450 T 237,450 T 210,000 T
Oats
Area 27,500 ha 27,500 ha 27,000 ha
Production 40,250 T 36,200 T 27,550 T
Sweet Lupine
Area 16,000 ha 16,000 ha 21,000 ha
Production 16,000 T 16,800 T 15,750 T

Harry Byrne

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