Oilseed Rape, West Kennet
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Panoramic photo by John Willetts ARPS EXPERT Taken 09:48, 11/05/2008 - Views loading...

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Oilseed Rape, West Kennet

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In the summer, fields of bright yellow Oilseed Rape dominate the English countryside. It is not a native crop. It is used mainly in the manufacture of cooking oil.

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