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Decline in wheat production will not affect food prices

Decline in wheat production will not affect food prices

South African wheat production for the 2017/18 season is expected to decline by 23% as compared to the previous season, mainly due to poor yields in the Western Cape and in some parts of the Free State province.


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Armyworm invasion could affect food prices in Southern Africa

Armyworm invasion could affect food prices

A combination of native African armyworms and Fall armyworms from the Americas are ravaging staple crops across southern Africa. In 2012-2013 the African armyworm cut Zambia’s maize production by 11%. If uncontrolled, this latest outbreak could cause major food shortages.

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South Africa buys US sorghum

Following USGC engagement, South Africa buys US sorghum

In May 2016, the U.S. Grains Council sent a delegation to meet with key stakeholders in South Africa to learn more about South Africa’s grain constraints beyond maize. This outreach prompted South African buyers to make purchases of U.S. sorghum of about...

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Why sorghum is now one of SA's most neglected crops

Why sorghum is now one of SA's most neglected crops

The recent data from the National Crop Estimate Committee painted a troubling picture of the South African sorghum industry. The data shows that farmers increased the area planted to almost all grains and oilseeds with the exception of sorghum, which declined...

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Grain production and prices expected to improve in 2017 after historic drought

Grain production and prices expected to improve in 2017

SA’s agricultural output is poised to increase this year provided that improved rain patterns continue. The area planted for grains is estimated at 15% more than 2016, which should boost production by 20-30%. Some key risks remain including high financing and...

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Rising South African wheat crop will reduce imports

Rising South African wheat crop will reduce imports

South African wheat imports are set to fall to multi-year lows, after a recovery in the harvest and "near-record" yields in the Western Cape. But despite the lower level of imports, South Africa's domestic wheat market will continue to trade along the import parity levels.

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