Maize harvest process is in full swing across the country

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  • The maize harvest process is in full swing across the country, supported by favourable weather conditions. The progress is reflected in the volumes of maize delivered to commercial silos which amounted to 929 761 tonnes in the week of 06 July 2018, down by 11 percent from the previous week.
  • About 53 percent of this was white maize, with 47 percent being yellow maize. In contrast to the past couple of weeks when harvest progress was mainly in the central and eastern parts of the country, which predominantly produce yellow maize, this is now widespread as reflected by higher white maize deliveries.
  • The total maize deliveries for the first 10-weeks of the 2018/19 marketing year are estimated at 5.1 million tonnes, which equates to 39 of the estimated harvest of 13.2 million tonnes.   Yellow maize accounts for 59 percent of overall maize deliveries, with white maize accounting for 41 percent.
  • Yesterday we cautioned about a possibility of harvest delays. However, the weather forecast has cleared over most parts of the maize-belt, which means that the harvest process could continue with minimal interruptions over the next two weeks. The provinces that could possibly experience some delays within the next eight days could be the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, as well as the southern parts of the Free State provinces.
  • Furthermore, the week of 27 July 2018 shows clear skies over most parts of the country which means the possible glitches in the aforementioned provinces could be temporary. Therefore, more maize will be delivered in the coming weeks. The yields in areas that have harvested largely varied between average and above-average, which supports the national Crop Estimate Committee’s view.

 

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