The South African tractor sales were up by 41% y/y in March 2018, with 726 units sold. This follows a 12% y/y contraction in February. On average, 23 tractors were sold a day last month compared to 21 tractors in February 2018 and 16 tractors a day in March 2017. Given that this is a fairly quiet period in the fields (in both summer and winter crop growing areas), the private sales were expected to have followed a normal trend, but the overall boost could be linked to government tenders ahead of the end of the financial year. The combine harvester sales were also solid, recorded a 9% y/y uptick, with 25 units sold.
(Afrikaans) The winter wheat planting activity could slow in the coming weeks as the weather forecasts show a possibility of continued dryness in the Western Cape province within the next two weeks. Swartland is the only wheat-growing region that could receive light showers of between 16 and 25 millimetres this week. The prospects for the week ending 22 May 2018 presents similar dynamics, with light showers in areas around Overberg region.