Growing optimism about SA maize harvest in 2019/20

Since the start of the year, we’ve been cautious about making a bold call on South Africa’s maize harvest in the 2019/20 season. This was because of (1) uncertainties about the weather outlook between January and March 2020 – a period which will require higher moisture level for crop development, and (2) planting progress in areas that received late rains.

Having observed the planting progress in various regions of the country, and also having noticed that January, which was set to have below-normal rains, actually brought good rains in the country, we are optimistic about the season’s maize harvest.
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