The Yellow Fields and Big Skies of Southcentral Manitoba   3 comments


 

The canola crops are in full bloom and the skies are magnificent.

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Top rapeseed producers (million metric ton)
Country 1965 1975 1985 1995 2000 2005 2007 2009 2011
 China 1.1 1.5 5.6 9.8 11.3 13.0 10.5 13.5 13.4
 Canada 0.5 1.8 3.5 6.4 7.2 9.4 9.6 11.8 14.2
 India 1.5 2.3 3.1 5.8 5.8 7.6 7.4 7.2 8.2
 Germany 0.3 0.6 1.2 3.1 3.6 5.0 5.3 6.3 3.9
 France 0.3 0.5 1.4 2.8 3.5 4.5 4.7 5.6 5.4
 Poland 0.5 0.7 1.1 1.4 1.0 1.4 2.1 2.5 1.9
 United Kingdom <0.007 0.06 0.9 1.2 1.2 1.9 2.1 2.0 2.8
 Australia <0.007 <0.06 0.1 0.6 1.8 1.4 1.1 1.9 2.4
 Ukraine <0.007 <0.06 <0.03 <0.1 0.1 0.3 1.0 1.9 1.4
 Czech Republic 0.07 0.1 0.3 0.7 0.8 0.7 1.0 1.1 1.0
 United States <0.007 <0.06 <0.03 0.2 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
 Russia N/A N/A N/A 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.6 0.7 1.1
 Denmark 0.05 0.1 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.5
 Belarus N/A N/A N/A 0.03 0.07 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.4
 Hungary 0.008 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.5
 Romania 0.01 0.02 0.04 0.04 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.7
 European Union 19.3 19.2
World Total 5.2 8.8 19.2 34.2 39.5 46.4 50.5 61.6 62.5

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Canola refers to both an edible oil (also known as Canola oil) produced from the seed of any of several varieties of the rape plant, and to those plants, namely a cultivar of either rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) or field mustard (Brassica campestris L. or Brassica Rapa var.). The oil is suitable for consumption by humans and livestock, and for use as biodiesel.

Canola was bred naturally from rapeseed at the University of Manitoba, Canada by Keith Downey and Baldur R. Stefansson in the early 1970s, and had a different nutritional profile in addition to much less erucic acid. In the international community Canola is generally referred to as Rapeseed 00 or Double Zero Rapeseed to denote both low glucosinolates and low erucic acid. In addition to varieties from the traditional Rapa dn Napus species, recent cross-breeding of multiples lines of Brassica juncea have enable this mustard variety to be classified as a canola variety by lowering both erucic acid and glucosinolates to the market standards, achieving LEAR status (for low erucic acid rapeseed). It may also be referred to as canola oil and is considered safe for human consumption.

Canada is the main producer of Canola in the world and exports most of its crop to the United States.  North Dakota produces 90% of U.S. production.

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Herd of Bison near Holland, Manitoba.

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A herd of cattle in the same area.

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Corn crops look very healthy.

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The flat prairie land.

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Posted August 5, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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3 responses to “The Yellow Fields and Big Skies of Southcentral Manitoba

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  1. Great pictures, Mark!

  2. Summer on the Manitoba prairies – beautiful!

    Kathleen Messner
  3. Was looking forward to seeing these, wonderful photos as always!

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