The Southern Cape's agricultural production conditions turned favourable for producers to start planting, following the weekend's rain. The rainfall varied between 8mm in the Heidelberg-area and 18mm in the Swellendam-area. Producers have already planted pastures and some have begun planting Canola. In general, conditions appear better compared to last year. The Albertinia-area is still too dry to start planting and is awaiting rain.
For the first time in a long time, Rûens had good moisture conditions with the advent of planting time, after the good rains that fell over the area in March. About 10mm of rain has been recorded on average over the weekend for the area. Producers are using soil moisture for the establishment of pastures and some have already planted Kanola.
The Swartland's rainfall varies over the region between 1.5 mm in the Eendekuil-area to about 6mm in the southern Swartland. Indications to date point to better soil moisture compared to last year, allowing producers to better control weeds before planting commences. Producers have started planting pastures, and will start with cash crops after the Easter weekend.