Pick of the Crop: Oilseed Rape

This photograph taken on the fringes of the village Earls Croome in Worcestershire shows a field of oilseed rape in early bloom.

The sight of some 700,000 hectares of the crop throughout rural England and a few hundred hectares of seed escaped to brighten or blight hedgerows and uncultivated land, is never-the-less controversial; like wind turbines and Marmite, oilseed rape is either loved or hated by the public.

Originally used as a ‘break crop’ in the rotation sequence, the crop is becoming an increasingly cultivated as a lucrative cash-crop for farmers producing high quality vegetable oil used extensively in mayonnaise and margarine spreads. The crop has a low saturated fat content and is high in omega 3. and increasingly grown for bio-diesel and industrial lubricants.

However for some observers dominant swathes of the bright dandelion-yellow flowers is considered a vulgar intruder in the traditional landscape and the heavy pollen bad news for hay-fever sufferers.

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3 Responses to Pick of the Crop: Oilseed Rape

  1. dadirri7 says:

    that yellow certainly makes an impact!

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I love to see a bright field of oilseed rape, it lights up the landscape way into the distance. It doesn’t do my hay fever much good but if it’s good for the farmers and the economy it’s a win win choice. Stunning photo Tony.

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