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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