South Africa

Specific Project Objectives & Deliverables

Results

The crop monitoring and estimation system operational in this JECAM site provided data to the National Crop Estimation Committee. This committee issued the following official estimates for the Province:

Wheat (2015 season):  80,000Ha planted, 208,000 tons harvested (6th production forecast – 27 Jan 2016)

Total Maize (2014/2015 season):       1,220,000 Ha planted, 3,945,000 tons harvested (Final production forecast 29 Sept 2015)

Yellow Maize (2014/2015 season):  510,000 Ha planted, 1,708,500 tons harvested (Final production forecast 29 Sept 2015)

White Maize (2014/2015 season): 710,000 Ha planted, 2,236,500 tons harvested (Final production forecast 29 Sept 2015)

Sunflower:    285,000 Ha planted, 370,500 Tons harvested (Final production forecast 29 Sept 2015)

Sorghum: 36,000Ha planted, 45,000 tons harvested (Final production forecast 29 Sept 2015)

The operational system is working well and is being continually improved as research results are operationalized.

The current operational system, PICES, and the yield estimation system that supplies crop estimate information to the national Crop Estimates Committee are considered a best practice methodology.

This is confirmed by a recent quote from the Crop Estimates Liaison Committee representing the South African Agricultural grain crop industry. “The Crop Estimates Liaison Committee, as oversight body over the Crop Estimates Committee, congratulates and thanks the CEC for the sterling work they did over this past season. The 2015 season was exceptionally difficult since a serious drought and heat wave made crop estimates extremely difficult, but the CEC nevertheless were well within the 5% deviation target with their maize estimates right from the first estimate in February 2015. That is exceptional and needs to be recognized”, Dr John Purchase, Chairman of the CELC (and member of the GEOGLAM Steering Committee) said today (11 Feb 2016).

©2015 Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring
© HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA SA MAJESTE LA REINE DU CHEF DU CANADA (2015)