Golden rapeseed fields in Romania captured by NASA satellite

NASA Earth’s Landsat 8 satellite recently captured the golden rapeseed fields in southern Romania, in the area where the Olt River meets the Danube.

Green agricultural fields in southern Romania became tinged with yellow as rows upon rows of what appear to be rapeseed or canola plants bloomed. The OLI (Operational Land Imager) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured these pops of color near the confluence of the Olt and Danube rivers on April 12, 2024, NASA says.

Rapeseed and canola plants are part of the Brassica family, which also includes cabbages and mustards. They produce clusters of small, brilliant yellow blooms that, en masse, blanket entire fields in gold.

Romania typically contributes 10 percent of the European Union’s grain and oilseed production, as reported by the International Trade Commission. Apart from rapeseeds, its primary crops consist of sunflowers, soybeans, corn, wheat, and barley. However, the country’s annual oilseed output is susceptible to fluctuations due to the impacts of drought and heat, resulting in significant variability in recent years.

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