USDA Grain and Feed Update (Jan. 21): South Africa's Corn Exports Expected to Rise

Pretoria, ZA — After producing the second-largest crop in history in the 2020/21 MY, South Africa poised to reach 3.5 million tons of corn exports for the 2021/22 MY.

The country had an excellent start to the year, with carry-over soil moisture and widespread rains that led corn producers to start plantings two to four weeks earlier than usual.

Excessive rainfall during December to early January damaged planted crops in some areas that could impact crop size, although the extent will only become clear over the next few months.

As a result, the estimate for South Africa’s 2021/22 MY total corn crop (subsistence and commercial corn) remains unchanged at 16.1 million tons.

This would enable South Africa to export about 3.0 million tons of corn in the 2021/22 MY.

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