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Rape field, Scotland

Rapeseed (Brassica napus), also known as rape, oilseed rape, rapa, rapaseed and (in the case of one particular group of cultivars) canola, is a bright yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage family).


Rapeseed is grown for the production of animal feed, vegetable oil for human consumption, and biodiesel. Leading producers include the European Union, Canada, the United States, Australia, China and India.


Processing of rapeseed for oil production provides rapeseed animal meal as a by-product. The by-product is a high-protein animal feed, competitive with soya. The feed is mostly employed for cattle feeding, but also for pigs and chickens (though less valuable for these).


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Taken on May 4, 2009