The country’s maize area increased by 54% this year to just over 17,300ha. This increase was in part due to the late spring driving acres away from cereal crops and the anticipated fodder supply issues that were emerging.
The heat and dry weather during the summer suited this crop. Maize is better able to utilise heat and sunshine and this stood to the crop despite the conditions which appeared too hot for many other crops. Some crops did suffer though on soils and soil types that could not deliver adequate moisture to support this rapid growth.