Canola

I’ve seen pictures before, but canola crops are startlingly yellow when you see them up close. These photos are from near Nagambie yesterday, where there seems to be a lot of it at the moment.

Canola crop near Nagambie

Canola crop near Nagambie

Apparently the name once used here, and still used in the UK, is “rape”, or “rapeseed”. I think I can see why the marketing bods here these days prefer “canola” — which is derived from “Canadian oil, low acid”.

I don’t know if this lot is going into food, biofuels (whose demand for crops is said to be driving up world food prices) or something else.

Update Wednesday: ABC report: ABARE forecasts record canola harvest