South Africa's corn harvest may increase by 13 percent in the current season to 11.7 million metric tons, the biggest since 2009–2010, according to the country's Crop Estimates Committee.


The number includes 6.8 million metric tons of white corn and 4.9 million metric tons of yellow corn, and exceeds a previous average estimate of 11.4 million metric tons. More land was planted this season, with corn in the Northern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West and KwaZulu-Natal provinces boosting output, said Marda Scheepers, a spokeswoman for the committee. South Africa produced 10.36 million metric tons of corn last season.