Perhaps such sustained good rainfall would leave the country somewhere near to the USDA's estimate of 12.5-million tons.
If South Africa happens to receive good rainfall before this cut-off date, farmers could still plant sunflower seed.
The most recent data from the US Department of Agriculture highlights a number of interesting dynamics in Southern Africa's maize production.
The sector has shown recovery across the country apart from the Western Cape.
Even within markets that permit GM maize imports, South Africa will face stiff competition from the likes of Zambia and Malawi.
Junk status has serious ramifications for the rand/dollar exchange rate, which in turn heavily influences the price of staple foods like wheat and maize.
South African maize exports are competitive relative to leading global exporters, such as Argentina, Ukraine, Brazil, USA, India and Russia.
Maize is Zimbabwe's staple crop and if the government fails to contain the outbreak, the country could be pushed further into food insecurity.
It's clear to me, and no doubt the thousands of people whose lives have been destroyed by the winter floods that it's not just nature that is to blame for the now annual flood destruction, farmers and Government must also share in the responsibility. After all, we had been warned. And repeatedly.