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2022 wheat harvest forecast 1.6% lower than last year

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South African farmers are expected to harvest 1.6% less wheat in the 2022 season compared with the previous season, the government’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said on Wednesday.

The CEC’s fifth winter wheat crop forecast estimates the 2022 wheat harvest at 2.249 million tonnes, down from the 2.285 million tonnes harvested last year.

Winter crops – fifth production estimate 2022

LATEST ESTIMATES 2022 PREVIOUS ESTIMATE 2022 2021
Wheat
Area 566,800 ha 566,800 ha 523,500 ha
Production 2,248,795 T 2,225,895 T 2,285,000 T
Barley
Area 101,000 ha 101,000 ha 94,730 ha
Production 356,850 T 356,850 T 334,000 T
Canola
Area 123,510 ha 123,510 ha 100,000 ha
Production 210,530 T 210,530 T 198,100 T
Oats
Area 27,000 ha 27,000 ha 36,250 ha
Production 37,700 T 37,700 T 59,000 T
Sweet Lupine
Area 21,000 ha 21,000 ha 22,000 ha
Production 15,750 T 16,800 T 28,600 T
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