CTF Europe

Controlled Traffic Farming across Europe

Workshop reports and presentations

We have provided an outline of the workshops featured on our member only pages to give non-members an idea of what would be available to them should they decide to join Smart Agri Platform.
Members please select whichever reports and presentations that you consider might be of interest from the links below or directly from the site pages. If you have any queries about any of these, please e-mail Tim.

Presentations given at two CTF farms in Norfolk, UK on 8 March 2017

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Our first farm host was 1800 ha Foxburrow Farm, which converted to a 10 m CTF system in 2013 and attendees were taken step by step through the conversion process by the farm manager, Will Goff. This involved assessing 9 m, 10 m and 12 m systems but settling on 10 m because of their existing 10.5 m combines and the manageable size of machinery involved. Conversion has taken the farm from one that consistently had wet areas during the winter months to one where this is no longer the case. Machinery investment has also been reduced along with fuel use and labour hours. Future plans include improved headland management and narrowing of track and tyre widths to further reduce tracked areas. Will had some valuable advice for those considering conversion. Members can see further details and download Will's presentation from our "Member Resources" page.

The afternoon visit to Hyde Hall was preceded by presentations given Jackie Stroud of Rothamsted Research and Nathan Morris of NIAB-TAG. Jackie concentrated on the the role played by earthworms in improving soil health and how to identify the different species, while Nathan ran through the results of ongoing research on the farm looking at the effects of CTF on soil structure and crop performance. 
Our afternoon hosts, Robert and Ed Salmon of 1960 ha Hyde Hall, provided an overview of their farming operations undertaken on soils varying from chalky boulder clay to blowing sands. Their 12 m CTF system is still under cautious development aiming never to compromise their traditionally high yields and ensure parallel working maintains their fields level in all circumstances. Members will find an overview of the day and the presentations from the same page of our "Member Resources".

Presentations given at two CTF farms in Leicestershire, UK on 28 Feb 2017

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The first of the two farms visited (A.V. Sheardown & Sons) was a 380 ha part owned family farm running a 6 m CTF system alongside more traditional methods introduced on a rotational basis. The majority of the farm is on blue lias clay but the remaining quarter is on sandy loam. Alongside rye, grown for an anaerobic digestion plant, crops include wheat, oilseed rape, linseed, beans and oats. On-land ploughing is used once in five years ahead of the bean crop.
Paul Sheardown's presentation can be accessed from the particular Member resources page.

The second of the two farms visited (Belvoir Fruit Farms) was a 1300 ha estate on soils with up to 96% clay content. Crops include wheat, oilseed rape and spring barley and beans, all of which are grown on a 12 m CTF system using shallow tine cultivation along with targeted subsoiling. Net savings of £40,000 have been achieved compared with the traditional system used in the past. Keith Challen's presentation together can be accessed from the particular Member resources page.

A day exploring CTF in organic and conventional farm contexts, March 2016

This is the first workshop we have run on an organic farm in the process of converting to CTF and to an 8.8 m system in particular. We were also able to visit a neighbouring traditional farm which had converted to a full 12 m system. In between we were treated to presentations from other CTF farmers on various aspects of their systems as well as wide ranging "quick fire" commercial presentations.

CTF and Precision Farming in Action, Letton, Norfolk. February 2015

The host farm for this workshop had a number of unusual features, with ploughing and low ground pressure traffic built into the system and rotation. Attendees were also treated to a treatise on tyres given by Michelin, details of a CTF operation in Western Australia, a wide-ranging presentation on strip tillage and cover cropping followed by details of precision planting of oilseed rape on the host farm.

CTF Member Day, Flawborough, Nottinghamshire. November 2014

Key presentations at this workshop included one from Michael Horsch describing the CTF system on his farm in the Czech Republic, followed by 5 farmers describing their experiences with CTF. Included was a presentation by host farmer Tom Hawthorne, describing the background to and details of the 6/12/36 m system he has adopted.

Seasonal CTF on organic farms in the Netherlands, May 2007

This two day workshop was widely attended with delegates from many different countries and they were not disappointed by the quality of information imparted to them by the farmers we visited. We also heard about the Tasmanian vegetable industry and a number of satellite guidance systems.

Workshop hosted by a traditional farm in the process of converting to CTF

This workshop looked at ways that a traditional farm on a heavy clay soil employing a high degree of ploughing in its establishment systems could convert to CTF within a reasonable time span and at little extra cost. Indeed, there was a saving of £22,500 in capital investment and up to £90/ha saving in crop establishment costs.

Practical workshop showing all the details of a 10 m CTF system

This workshop was hosted on the first known farm to adopt a 10 m CTF system and at the same time, employing all conventional equipment. The farmer stressed that following conversion, farming had become a whole lot simpler.

Discussion and farm walk on a farm using a nominal 12 m CTF system

The aim of this workshop was to hear what had been involved in setting up the CTF system, the reasons behind it and what benefits the farmer had realised. The latter included a saving of 50,000 litres of fuel in the first season, achieved through a combination CTF and no-till. Attendees were also given the chance to question the host farmer about specific aspects. These included cutting height of his combines, transfer of A-B lines and date of drilling.

There are also a number of international workshop reports that appear on our ISTRO CTF working group page, so don't miss having a look at these.

UK: Tim Chamen
+44 7714 206 048

Netherlands: Sander Bernaerts

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