Last week I went on a work trip - for my tech job - to France and Germany as you may have seen on our Instagram posts. It was my first trip to France, 4th to Germany, and I was really excited to see what farming looks like in these two countries.
In contrast to Canadian farming:
- The field sizes were much smaller
- Within what looked to me to be a continuous field, there were 3-4 varieties of wheat growing based on color variation
- I assume these were different fields without delineation
- GPS usage was very obvious, such nice neat rows and sprayer tracks
- The wheat looked to be 3-4 weeks ahead of Manitoba
- The corn looked to be about equal to Manitoba
- There was a lot of variety of cattle breeds in pasture
- Purebred herds it looked like, but variety between farms
It was a really interesting trip, always great to see new things and compare/contrast. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming! I look forward to more European travel, and hopefully more farm visits next time!
A few other notes if you are considering travel from North America to Europe.
1. Icelandair was terrific - flights were inexpensive, the leg room was massive, and it was an easy to navigate the airport. Also they allow a 7 day stop-over in Iceland before going on to your European destination at no additional cost.
2. Train travel was fantastic. The high speed trains were fantastic, the rail platforms were easy to navigate and the trains were always on time. This is different than my experience in the U.S. on the railway systems. So, if you are thinking trains in Europe are like trains in the US, reconsider and at least try a train in Europe. The only downside is I get motion sick and I wish I had brought dramamine, then it would be the perfect mode of transportation.
3. I am still a farm girl, even though I live in a big city now most of the year. I prefer not being amongst crowds in major site seeing venues. I really enjoyed Grenoble and Landshut for being less crowded than Paris and Munchen (Munich), both were really beautiful.