Prospects of Good Rain Over the Western Cape this Winter

If these estimates (featured image) are anything to go by – the Western Cape province could receive good showers this winter season.

The International Research Institute for Climate Change Society at the Columbia University is not alone in this view, the local weather agency signalled a similar message in its Seasonal Climate Watch released in March 2018.

While this is encouraging, the near term forecasts remain unfavourable, showing prospects of drier conditions between 23 and 30 May 2018. This could potentially slow the winter crop planting process, currently underway in most parts of the province.

Anyway – let me get back to my official work – with the hope that the Western Cape drought will soon break…

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Author: Wandile Sihlobo

Wandile Sihlobo is an agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa. He is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine. Sihlobo is a member of the South African Agricultural Economics Association. He has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

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