South African Crop Harvest - 2022
The South African crop processing has now started across many regions, and so far we have seen a healthy crop yield estimate. The Orange river region has had plenty of rain fall over the course of the year, and has led to a healthy, high moisture crop. This may well lead to crop taking a longer time to dry and process.
In January, parts of South Africa saw temperatures as high as 40/42 degrees Celsius, and this combined with high rain fall could mean that mold begins to appear. Packers will have to remain vigilant to ensure that this doesn’t end up with end users. We have seen a slightly later crop than usual of around 10-14 days. This is due to rain fall, and not good enough conditions to harvest. Namibia saw hotter weather for most of the year, which meant that they could harvest crop earlier than South Africa.