July 20th – Usually forgotten after it’s dramatic yellow flowering phase, the oilseed rape is nearing ripeness. People often think the scruffy, dead looking spiky plants are failed crops – but each of the fine pods contains numerous small black seeds that contain a rich, high-energy oil, useful for food and biofuel. The crop is harvested and flailed by combine harvester, the seeds taken away for pressing. A very modern crop.

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