Photographer's Note

I took this late evening shot of swathed Canola, an oilseed crop popular on the Canadian prairies. I liked the golden late day color on the undulating field. Location was just east of the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Canola has become a popular oilseed crop in Canada and the United States. Canola is a specific edible type of rapeseed, developed in the 1970s, which contains about 40 percent oil. The term "canola" is a registered name by the Western Canadian Oilseed Crushers Association. Canola varieties must have an erucic acid content of less than 2 percent and also have less than 30 micromoles of glucosinolates per gram of seed. Canadian and U.S. farmers mostly grow low erucic acid and low glucosinolate varieties. High erucic acid oil rapeseed is grown and used for industrial lubricants. This type of rapeseed is mostly grown in Europe, although there is some production in Canada and the U.S.

In January 1985, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted canola oil GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for use in human foods. This has led to greatly increased sales and demand in the United States with only part of the demand being met by U.S. production. Canola oil has achieved worldwide commodity status and is extensively used in Japan, Canada and Europe.

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