Wind erosion or blowing soil is a problem in the North-East of the Netherlands and on Texel. Without protection the young crop suffers damage caused by blowing sand or the soil covering the seed is blown away. In the past cattle slurry was used as protection. But according to the current Nitrate Directive slurry may only be spread by applying low-emission techniques to restrict ammonia emission.
PPO (Applied Pant Research) was asked to search for an alternative. Research in a mobile wind tunnel on PPO’s experimental farm 't Kompas in Valthermond shows that cattle slurry rained down with water provides a good alternative for the spreading of cattle slurry to protect crops against damage caused by blowing sand.