What is Oil Seed Rape?
As a traditional crop, this is one of the more conventional commerical crops grown at the farm, sown in August or early September and grows to a height of 2 metres before flowering during April with distinctive yellow petals. The crop then turns a dull green colour and the seed can be harvested using a convential combine.
Uses of Oil Seed Rape?
Rapeseed oil contains a high level of erucic acid , which has had previous uses in soap making and plastics manufacturing. It's specific fatty acid composition also makes it an ideal edible oil for use in cooking.
It is also a primary feedstock for biodiesel in Europe. Oil extraction also creates a by-product of animal feed which is high in protein, suitable for cattle, pigs and poultry.