Quairading-York Rd

Road  base sampling Quairading-York Rd

We had a day off while they tested the first 10 road base samples. Today we were back to the same locations sampling closer to the road this time.

It rained midday making visibility poor, so we had to stop for a short while. Fortunately, it fined up and we were able to complete sampling albeit a little later in the day and just before another cold front set in.


Canola crops are coming along well in this part of the land.  Did you know that canola is Australia’s third biggest crop, and is used often by wheat farmers as a break crop to improve soil quality.

Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization as a fuel. The word “rape” in rapeseed comes from the Latin word

The word “rape” in rapeseed comes from the Latin word rapum meaning turnip. Turnip, rutabaga, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard, and many other vegetables are related to the two natural canola varieties commonly grown, which are cultivars of B. napus and B. rapa. The change in name serves to distinguish it from natural rapeseed oil, which has much higher erucic acid content.

Canola was originally a trademark name of the Rapeseed Association of Canada, and the name was a condensation of “Can” from Canada and “ola” from other vegetable oils like Mazola,  but is now a generic term for edible varieties of rapeseed oil in North America and Australia. In Canada, an official definition of canola is codified in Canadian law.


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Another strange looking retaining drop post, unfortunately, the  Australian Patent website is down so I can’t research when this type of wire retainer was developed. I’m sure I did see it when I was researching star pickets.



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