1. Planting time began in September but reached peak in November into December 2017.
2. Agricultural inputs were available
3. Crop Stage: Maize was at tussling to cob formation for almost all zones Sorghum at flowering to grain filling stage and Beans were at flowering to podding stage.
4. Hazards encountered by most farmers were dry conditions accompanied by extremely high temperatures, pests and hailstorm.
5. Livestock and rangelands conditions were average for most districts