Australian research over 20 years has shown controlled traffic farming (CTF) can improve grain quality and increase grain yields by two to 16 per cent if there are no other limiting subsoil constraints.
The benefits of CFT – a farming system built on permanent wheel tracks where the crop zone and traffic lanes are permanently separated – are outlined in a new Fact Sheet produced by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
The Implementing a Controlled Traffic Farming Systems Fact Sheet states that CTF crops are typically higher yielding and are more resilient in very wet or very dry seasons than those with less controlled traffic systems.
CTF systems alleviate soil compaction constraints and can deliver unique operating efficiencies and agronomic opportunities. The Fact Sheet provides practical information on setting up a CTF crop production system, including aspects such as management zones, machinery operating widths, field layout and tillage systems.
The Fact Sheet can be viewed and downloaded via www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-FS-ControlledTraffic.
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli