Yellow Field Crop

We’d driven past this yellow field crop several times when travelling between home and Dunedin. On 25 October I remembered to ask Nigel to turn down the side road so I could get pictures.

The final photo looks away from the yellow brassica flowers. I took it to show the context – pastoral with dairy cows grazing nearby.

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Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020

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  1. Beautiful. I love the NZ landscape (as you know) and only yesterday finished painting a yellow field! Do we need to know the name of the plant in order to enjoy it? I think not : )

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    1. A yellow field painting sounds lovely Anna, and I enjoyed seeing the daffodil painting in your post today – I was especially taken with the variety of shades and colours you’ve woven into the ‘green’!

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  2. Canola is such a far-nicer term than rape. I’ve often wondered how that common name came into being, but haven’t had the time to look it up. In Germany it’s called Raps, which is also less harsh. I see that not only cabbages, but also mustard and broccoli are relatives.

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    1. Yep, brassicas include lots of things familiar to us. Nigel looked up canola for me earlier and it sounded like canola and rape are slightly different. Yellow crops down south are, I believe, usually mustard or rape.

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  3. I’ve seen farms growing canola in NY, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, where I went to college. But not all that frequently, so coming upon a bright yellow field, like the one in your photos, is still kind of a eye-opener. It’s a nice cheerful sight, isn’t it.

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  4. We have a terrible invasive (Rapistrum rugosum) that looks almost like this plant. It’s the ‘almost’ that counts, of course. Do you happen to know this one’s scientific name? It certainly is pretty.

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    1. Thank you, yes. We only see an occasional field like this each season. There’s another not far from where we live. Only the two that I can recall, between home and Dunedin which is close to a 2-hour drive.

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