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S. Africa Raises Wheat Crop Forecast 4.3% to 1.85 Million Tons

January 24, 2012

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa may produce 4.3 percent more wheat this season than previously forecast, according to the country’s Crop Estimates Committee.

The country may produce 1.85 million metric tons on higher- than-expected yields, Marda Scheepers, an official at the agency, said by phone from Pretoria today.

The committee also forecast that the barley crop will increase 5.9 percent to 300,910 tons. The canola harvest is expected to remain unchanged at 59,490 tons, she said.

--Editors: Ana Monteiro, Alastair Reed

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