“It looks the best crop I‘ve ever grown and is the only one in the area that has stayed standing,” says grower Jonathan Miall.

Swathing contractor John Bennett of R&J Ingles expects to cut around 600-730ha (1500-1800 acres) this year and reckons it will be a mixed bag.

“I‘ve seen some good and bad rape around – what‘s good looks really good, but there are some very poor crops around as well.

“But this rain and wind will have tossed it around considerably.”

Yield-wise he predicts an average year where rape established well, “but where it wasn‘t it‘ll be very poor”.