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Rape Field near Culdesac, Idaho | by <DW>
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Rape Field near Culdesac, Idaho

The fields of rapeseed are now in bloom around here and really stand out in contrast to all the other crops (wheat, barley, beans) which are green.


This one was hard to miss and easy to reach, just off the highway near Culdesac.


Shortly after taking this shot I walked a little farther along the edge field and quickly became stuck in the mud. My (*cough*) crocs were no match for the gooey dirt. I nearly left one there, but eventually pulled it out by hand. I wanted to get a photo of that too, but by then my picture taking hand was also covered in muck.


Update: I'm assuming the crop here is rapeseed, rather than Canola, because my Uncle who farms nearby talks about planting rape. This field might actually be Canola for all I know. The primary difference is that traditional rapeseed is too acidic for human consumption. Canola (CANadian Oil Low Acid) is a derivative used to make vegetable oil. Rapeseed, on the other hand, is turned into engine lubricants, with animal feed as a byproduct.

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Taken on June 24, 2012