SOLVED: Beautiful Blooming Cover Crop

Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

As we drive through the Piedmont of N.C., we see hundreds of acres of this beautiful golden blooming cover crop. What is it?

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Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

Is that Mustard Seed?

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Yes, mustard/canola/rapeseed.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Oilseed Rape.

Mustard flowers a bit later in the summer.


Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

Hmmm...I wonder if rapeseed and canola are the same plant?

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Quote from RebeccaLynn :
Hmmm...I wonder if rapeseed and canola are the same plant?

Yes, they are... back in the day, the original name was "low-erucic acid rapeseed oil". Needless to say, this name was deemed as not very marketable, as it mentions both "rape" and containing a potentially toxic component. As much of this crop is grown in Canada, a major re branding campaign was undertaken to rename the product as "canola oil" (Canada + oil). So now we have "canola oil" - no association with rape or toxic fatty acids. And it's an excellent vegetable oil - lots of healthy monounsaturated fats, neutral flavor, and the lowest "unhealthy" components compared to most veg. oils.

Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

Thanks, TomH3787, for the information! The crop is beautiful in the field, and the oil is a healthy choice for cooking.

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