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SA raises corn-crop forecast to biggest in 36 years

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South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, may reap the most important harvest in the grain in 36 years as rains improved yields and add to the crop’s size by 83% from in 2009, the Crop Estimates Committee said.

Growers will probably produce 14.3 million metric a great deal of corn during the season that ends up in April, said Lusani Ndou, a senior statistician in the Pretoria-based committee. That is the main crop since 1981, and compares when using the committee’s 13.92 million-ton forecast on Feb. 28, which was identical to the median prediction by four analysts from a March 23 survey by Bloomberg.

“Favorable production conditions ended in improved yields,” Ndou said by telephone Tuesday.

Rainfall recorded in January and February was more than double the amount of average with the initial two months of the year countrywide, as per the South African Weather Service. The improved conditions have given relief to farmers after?the worst drought since records began in 1904?decimated crops, reducing domestic corn output towards a nine-year low last season.

The committee maintained its forecast for that area sowed at 2.63 million hectares (6.5 million acres).

The country is likely to produce 8.5 million tons of the white variety, helpful to create a staple food known locally as pap, and 5.8 million a ton of yellow corn this year, the committee estimated.

The body decreased its prediction for sunflower-seed output in 2010 by 3.5% to 896,060 tons, as the forecast for soybeans spent 8.6% one.2 million tons. The estimate for sorghum production was increased 8.9% to 153,480 tons. It reduced the projection for groundnut output 1.8% to 86,600 tons, as it lifted the expectations for your drybean crop by 1.5% to 65,275 tons.

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