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South Africa's summer crop sowings, and how far they fell behind intentions

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South African summer crop plantings have come in well below those farmers had intended to sow, based on mid-October data.


Below details of the seeding estimates, and how far they fell from farmers’ initial planting plans.



South African summer crop sowings for 2018
Crop Planted Difference from area intended Year-on-year change
White maize 1,284,700 -119,400 -358,400
Yellow maize 1,024,500 -41,800 +39,000
Total maize 2,039,200 -161,200 -319,400
Sunflowers 560,100 -105,400 -75,650
Soybeans 701,000 -19,000 +127,050
Groundnuts 53,000 -12,500 -3,000
Sorghum 25,000 -18,700 -17,350
Dry beans 52,000


Total 3,700,300



Data in hectares. Source: Crop Estimates Committee


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