Grain SA, the biggest representative of commercial farmers in South Africa, said prices for the nation’s white corn could surge as much as 27 percent if the drought-stricken North West province doesn’t get more rain to enable farmers to plant.
New Zealand beat South Africa 38-27 to retain the Rugby Championship title with its second straight sweep of the southern hemisphere competition. Australia routed Argentina 54-17 to leave the Pumas winless in last place.
The southern hemisphere rugby alliance called a misconduct hearing to investigate South Africa coach Peter de Villiers for suggesting that New Zealand was being favored by match officials before the 2011 World Cup.
South Africa coach Peter de Villiers escaped sanction from the southern hemisphere rugby alliance for suggesting that New Zealand was being favored to boost the All Blacks’ popularity before next year’s World Cup.
South Africa’s rising yellow corn exports could see the grain being substituted with the white variety for animal feed, according to Jannie de Villiers, chief executive officer of Grain SA, a grower’s association.