Danish farmers must inject manure into the soil. Spreading manure is illegal

We introduced Grainews readers to Brenda Campbell in the November issue. The 22-year-old from a cow-calf farm near Sundre, Alta., is in Denmark for a six-month working visit on a dairy. We asked her to send regular reports to tell us what she’s doing, how farming in Europe is different from farming in Alberta, and what farming tips she learns that she’d like to try back home.


It is springtime in Denmark! Since the beginning of April, the grass has been growing, sun shining, and flowers blooming, making working outside a joy as I hear of stories of snow when talking to family in Canada!

With this warm weather comes fieldwork. The exciting part for me is to see all the different kinds of machinery used. Much is the same, but the most impressive machine is the liquid manure spreader! Denmark agriculture is dominated by dairy and swine, creating a lot of manure that needs to be spread as fertilizer first thing in the spring. Custom operators do most of the work as the machines are very expensive, making them unfeasible for individual farmers. Spreaders, like the one in the photo, hold 30 cubic metres (8,000 U. S. gallons) of liquid manure and can be self propelled or pulled behind a tractor. Either way, it requires 350 to 400 horsepower.

Instead of spraying the manure on the ground — which is illegal — the spreaders are equipped with a cultivator about 7.5 metres (25 feet) wide on the back. The liquid is actually injected through connected tubes going 15 cm into the ground. This decreases the amount of anhydrous into the air making it safer and more effective. I think this machine might actually make spreading manure fun!

Every farmer here is very busy getting field work done as spring came to Denmark much earlier than in Canada. But the country is surrounded by water and has low elevation, which makes for more humidity and temperate climate. No point in Denmark is more than 30 miles away from the sea.

An exciting addition to our farm has been a new IAEA trainee, Amy Storbakken, from Sedgewick Alta., who will be working and living with my Danish family for the next six months. My time is getting shorter here in Denmark, but all the spring activities and beautiful weather is making me love all Denmark has to offer each day.

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