A couple of weeks ago the field of oil seed rape or ‘rapeseed’ was in full flower on Barnston Road one of the main roads into Heswall.
I’ve taken photographs before of oil seed rape fields, as they make such a contrast in the countryside with their yellow flowers against the green vegetation and blue skies.
As I travel past these fields now the yellow flowers have gone and the field is green and as the plants turn through gold to brown they will be ready to harvest in late summer.
British production has risen from a few thousand tonnes in the 1970s to a couple of million today, more or less doubling in the last 10 years alone.
In 2012 the UK was the seventh biggest producer of oil seed rape in the world.
Rapeseed is grown for the production of animal feed, vegetable oil for human consumption, and biodiesel and lubricants.