The harvest activity is gaining momentum across South Africa, thanks to favourable weather conditions. The progress is reflected in the volumes of maize delivered to commercial silos which amounted to 511 875 tonnes in the week of 08 June 2016, well above the previous week’s deliveries of 94 240 tonnes.
About 67 percent of this was yellow maize, with 33 percent being white maize. We made this point last week, but it is worth restating as the data hasn’t changed much. The fact that a large share of maize delivered to commercial silos is yellow shows that the harvest activity is gaining ground mainly in the early planted areas in the eastern parts of the country (areas that predominantly produce yellow maize).
The total maize deliveries for the first six weeks of the 2018/19 marketing year are estimated at 1.4 million tonnes.
More maize will be delivered in the coming weeks as the expected cool and drier weather conditions within the next two weeks could provide conducive conditions for the harvest activity, particularly in the early planted areas in the eastern and central parts of the South Africa maize-belt.