Danish agriculture loses millions to drought

While many people in Denmark have been grateful for the warm summer, farmers have suffered due to the long dry spell.

Danish agriculture loses millions to drought
Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

With the country’s agricultural sector set see losses amounting to millions of kroner, representatives from agricultural associations from across the country will meet on Thursday to discuss the issue, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council said in a press statement.

Expected losses due the summer drought will be presented at the meeting.

Minister for Food and the Environment Jakob Ellemann-Jensen will also be present.

Ellemann-Jensen last month suggested he would consider political relief to farmers threatened by drought-related losses.

“There is no doubt that many farmers have been hit hard by the drought,” he said.

“A lot is at stake for individual farmers, which is why we are open to suggestions as to how we can help the agriculture sector in this unusual situation,” he added.

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council has already called for support in tackling the problem, which it has estimated to carry potential losses of 4.5 billion kroner to the sector.

Losses are related to early harvesting of crops and a very poor expected overall harvest result.

Organic farmers have already received some assistance in the form of allowances for reducing roughage quotas without losing organic status in order to more easily feed livestock that normally eat grass.

That measure was approved in July by the government, Danish People’s Party and Social Democrats.

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How much will it snow in Denmark this weekend?

Winter weather arrived in spectacular fashion to coincide with the beginning of December this week. The weekend could bring more snow to parts of the country but probably less disruption than recent days.

Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December.
Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and more cold weather can be expected this weekend albeit severe, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

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Cold weather on Friday and a low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

“There could be between five and ten centimetres of snow north of the Limfjord,” the meteorologist said, referring to the waterway that cuts across the northern part of Jutland, including main regional city Aalborg.

“In the southern part of the country, an equivalent five to ten centimetres of rain could fall,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be between freezing point and five degrees Celsius, with the north of the country falling in to the lower end of that range and the south the warmer end.

Mist and fog is forecast this evening, caused by various weather fronts moving over Denmark.

That could still be felt on Saturday morning, though it is likely to be a little warmer at 2-6 degrees Celsius. Mild winds could make that fell chiller, but snow is unlikely.

Sunday will see the temperature drop again, to 0-4 degrees Celsisu. Snow is possible, particularly on eastern coasts.

Strong winds in the east of the country and along the coasts will result in a “rather cold 24 hours,” Nielsen said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below zero throughout the weekend. Motorists are therefore warned to be alert to icy road surfaces.