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S. Africa Sees Record Corn Crop Even Bigger in Last Estimate

  • Harvest of 16.74 million metric tons expected to be reaped
  • Bumper crop follows season that had worst recorded drought
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South Africa, the continent’s biggest producer of corn, boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest.

Growers will probably reap 16.74 million metric tons of corn in the 2016-17 season, Lusani Ndou, a senior statistician at the Pretoria-based Crop Estimates Committee, said by phone on Thursday. That’s more than double the 7.78 million tons produced a year earlier, when the worst drought since records began more than a century ago reduced the harvest to a nine-year low.