SA farmers' intentions to plant data point to prospects of yet another large crop in the 2021/22 season

Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo says Agbiz has long held an optimistic view about the 2021/22 production season. The robust tractor sales since the start of the year, prospects of yet another La Niña, and relatively higher commodity prices convinced us that South African farmers would likely maintain an area planting for summer grains and oilseeds of over 4,2 million hectares. The data released by the CEC last week concurs with this view. The CEC indicates that South African farmers intend to plant a total area of 4,34 million hectares of summer grains and oilseeds. This is up by 5% from the 2020/21 production season.

Published: 02 November 2021