Categories: South Africa

2018 soya bean crop expected to be largest in SA history

The Crop Estimates Committee’s (CEC) fifth production forecast estimated that the 2018 summer soya bean crop could be the largest…

The Crop Estimates Committee’s (CEC) fifth production forecast estimated that the 2018 summer soya bean crop could be the largest in South Africa’s history.

The 27 June estimate showed that an estimated 787 200ha would be planted to soya bean in the coming season, compared with the 573 950ha planted in the 2017 season.

READ The benefits of soya bean production in South Africa

The estimate also showed that the harvest could yield around 1 550 880t, at an average of 1,97t/ha. This was up 8,4% from the 4th estimate of 1 430 300t.

Luan van der Walt, economist at Grain SA, told Farmer’s Weekly that because of the record-high maize crop produced last season, maize prices were under pressure during the planting phase. As such, some farmers favoured soya bean, which was more lucrative at the time.

“In Mpumalanga, for example, producers were usually planting maize and soya bean in a 70:30 or 60:40 ratio. This season it is moving to a 50:50 ratio. Profit is the main driver,” he said.

Van der Walt also said that while South Africa was still importing soya oil cake, the country was mostly self-sufficient in terms of production and processing, and needed to move to a time in which no imports were needed.

South Africa expanded its facilities to process soya oil cake in 2012.

“I do, however, feel our soya pressing pace could be enhanced,” he said.

Despite good prices for soya bean being achieved during planting, price estimates have since declined, which would mean less profit for producers after the harvest, Van der Walt said.

Recent Posts

Leafroll virus in vines can be beaten – here’s how

Leafroll virus is a serious threat to South Africa’s viticulture industry: it shortens the lifespan of vineyards and has a…

24 hours ago

Farmers welcome sharp decline in fuel prices

The large drop in the diesel price that can be expected for December, as announced by the Automobile Association (AA)…

2 days ago

A healthy profit from pasture-raised eggs

As a technician specialising in the installation and repair of gates, Rico Vergotine had little reason to be interested in…

2 days ago

Israeli-inspired chickpea burgers

Veganism is a growing global trend, and many of us will serve dinner or lunch to a vegan guest at…

2 days ago

EkoNiva producing more than 1 300t of milk a day!

EkoNiva-APK is a leading milk producer in Russia and Europe. Sophisticated technology and facilities are largely behind its success.

3 days ago

Agri leaders respond to recommendation to amend Constitution

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee has adopted a resolution that Section 25 of the Constitution must be amended to allow…

3 days ago

This website uses cookies.