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A new crop: Farm family introduces rapeseed to Wayne County

By Steve Herring
Published in News on April 2, 2012 1:46 PM

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William Jackson, right, and his son, Dex, check one of their rapeseed plants in a field west of Mount Olive. The Jacksons have planted 375 acres with rapeseed plants this season after William's father, Dexter, decided to invest in a new crop. Rapeseed produces seeds that are used as a lubricant and in plastic products.

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The rapeseed is a little smaller than a BB. Its blue color is from chemical treatments to prevent diseases in the plant.

MOUNT OLIVE -- With 65 years of experience in working the soil, Dexter Jackson, 80, doesn't mind being called an old-school farmer. But when he read a magazine article about an unusual crop, with an even more unusual name, he...

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