Golden fields of oilseed rape increase as the UK is set to harvest more than ever before. Caz Graham joins a Cheshire farmer as harvest approaches. Richard Reeves farms in the grounds of Tatton Park. 30 years ago he had never grown oilseed rape, but as the crop has become increasingly profitable he has replaced wheat with rape, and now contributes to the 2.3 million tonnes that the UK is set to produce this year.
700,000 hectares of arable land is now used for growing UK oilseed rape, and its production is outstripping the capacity of Britain's seed crushers. So the export market is growing, both for cold pressed rapeseed oil for salad dressings, and for use as a biofuel.
Presented by Caz Graham. Produced by Emma Weatherill.