Summer crops in South Africa are crops that grow during summer and are harvested during the winter period. These crops grow throughout South Africa in provinces with summer rainfall such as North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Free State, as well as Western Cape in some cases.
Most summer crops are staple foods for consumers both locally and internationally, and large commercial farming operations are founded on the production of essential summer crops, such as maize, soybeans, sunflower seed, groundnuts (peanuts), and sorghum. These crops serve a purpose in various industries in the country, and all have functions beyond human consumption.
SouthAfrica.co.za provides a comprehensive guide to summer crop production in South Africa, as well as local and global sales, history of production, industry statistics and uses of the various summer crops.