The big yellow

      The great yellowing that we mentioned a couple of weeks ago is now at its peak, acres and acres of fields are a brilliant acidic yellow. The cars have a dusting of yellow rapeseed pollen all over the bodywork and when the two terriers chase the pheasants and partridges through the rape they reappear with a dusting of pollen too.
      This rape is going for seed and will be used for next years crop, it's growing a long way from any other rape thus avoiding the danger of cross fertilisation. Needless to say it will fetch a premium price.
      It also stands six feet high in some places and the farmer said he hasn't seen it grow like this before, maybe top dressing the field with good old fashioned manure last year has made the difference.
      Welcome to the big yellow.