South Africa’s maize crop has generally matured, which means cool and dry conditions are an ideal weather for the crop at this stage of development. The past weekend presented the precise favourable environment, which is cool and drier conditions across the maize-belt.
The weather is a primary focus in the South African wheat market as the winter wheat planting period approaches. The Western Cape province, which is a leading winter wheat producing province experienced persistent dryness in the past few months, therefore soil moisture is extremely low across the fields.
The province needs to receive intense and persistent rainfall for soil moisture to improve, which will, therefore, add momentum to the planting process. However, the near-term weather forecasts present more of the same, which is cool and dry weather conditions across the province with the exception of the western areas which could receive light showers of between 16 and 25 millimetres in the week of 25 April 2018.