This year's rape harvest is really starting to roll in at Emmelev
A/S in Otterup at the beginning of August after what looks like a near-perfect growing season.
But already this week, Hans Jacob Clausen, Kragholm near Rudkøbing in Langeland was the first to harvest his 10 hectares of rapeseed to deliver to Emmelev.
The background is that his rape fields are located where the upcoming Langeland Festival will spread in a fortnight.
Since the start of the music festival 30 years ago, Hans Jacob Clausen has laid fields for the campsite for part employees, part party-goers, and he usually grows winter barley on the fields so that they can be harvested earlier.
But there is a need for a better crop rotation, i.a. to get rid of foxtails, a type of weed, and therefore this year it is the rapeseed that has spread in the fields. Until it was cut and now must be harvested:
"They must draw power and establish the site with, among other things, fence, and already on Saturday the first employees will arrive and spend the night here. So now is the time to harvest," says Hans Jacob Clausen.
He thinks it goes beyond the dividend, but does not dare to guess how much:
"Right off the bat, canola has done well in the growing season. I have tried to assess the crop at swathing, and I wonder if the oilseeds could have developed more here during the rest of July?
"But those are the conditions. I have had an agreement with the festival for many years, and it is a good asset and generates good revenue in Langeland, so we all have an interest in it living," says Hans Jacob Clausen.
"You can say that we farm on the conditions of the festival and the city. We live close to the city, and then we have to arrange ourselves, which we like to do. The festival is pleasant, and there are many happy and expectant people coming, so we enjoy being part of it," he says.
"We have no problems keeping order. The guests are good at taking their things with them, and volunteers from associations in Langeland take care of the final clean-up before the fence is taken down," says Hans Jacob Clausen.
He farms 70 hectares and makes 3,000 slaughter pigs a year. He grows various crops and this year has 20 hectares of rapeseed. Next year, however, winter construction will return to the festival fields, and Hans Jacob Clausen will try reduced tillage and a so-called false seedbed to combat the foxtails.
Believe in a good rapeseed harvest
Co-owner of Emmelev A/S, Morten Simonsen, believes that Hans Jacob Clausen is the first on Funen to harvest rapeseed:
"It has been a good growing season, and the rapeseed is looking good, so we are looking forward to the farmers coming here to Emmelev during the harvest in early August with loads of rapeseed," he says.
Henrik Ryberg, Syngenta, works a lot with rapeseed cultivation and says that the rapeseed has recovered well from a dry spring, and that the crops are doing well with the prospect of a harvest perhaps above average:
"But the joker is the leaf rib weevil, which is widespread this year. We have no experience in Denmark of how expensive an attack from this pest will be," he says.
Emmelev A/S produces, on the basis of rapeseed, sustainable green biodiesel for mixing in ordinary fossil diesel. A major side benefit in production is protein-rich fodder cakes for livestock and glycerin for the pharmaceutical industry in particular.