To a lifelong city dweller like me, almost all the things being grown beyond the outskirts of town are mystery crops. And so it was when I went on a short neighborhood bike ride before the Thanksgiving meal.
On a nearby field, I was pretty sure they grew ryegrass for seed in years past. So what was this new crop I saw coming up in neat rows all the way to the horizon?
With the help of someone better at Google searches than me, we found something that looked very much like my photo of the plants growing there:
It appears to be canola, or maybe its close relative in the brassica family, rapeseed, from which canola was hybridized in Canada several decades ago. (I didn’t know this until I looked it up just now.) (See the comments below for a more likely candidate.)
If this is right, neighbors and passersby are in for a visual treat come spring. That’s when this field should turn into a huge carpet of bright yellow flowers as far as the eye can see. (hh)