SA summer crop plantings data paint a more positive picture than many initially feared

Source: Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz, 27 January 2022, photo credit:123RF/malshak

The excessive rains since the start of South Africas 2021/22 summer crop production season in October 2021 raised concerns that farmers might not have been able to till the initially planned area of 4,34 million hectares (up by 3% from the 2020/21 production season).

The preliminary plantings data released this afternoon by the Crop Estimates Committee proved this point to be accurate. Still, the actual plantings are a relief as many analysts, with ourselves included, and thought we would see a much smaller area.

Farmers are estimated to have planted 4,21 million hectares, which is 3% less than their intentions at the start of the season. The slight declines are in maize, soybeans, groundnuts, sorghum and dry beans.
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