South Africa corn planting estimated up 1.3 percent

Better prices, crop-rotation practices lead to larger crop

South Africa is expected to plant 1.3 percent more corn in the current season, according to reports, sowing 2.74 million hectares — 1.6 million hectares of white corn and 1.14 million hectares of yellow corn.

These numbers compare to 2.69 million hectares of corn planted in the previous season. “This is because of better prices and crop-rotation practices by farmers,” said Marda Scheepers, spokeswoman for the South Africa Crop Estimates Committee. White corn is a staple food in the country, while yellow corn is used mostly as animal feed.