Soil & Water Management Centre

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Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) Training Day

  • 23 Mar 2016
  • 09:30 - 16:00
  • E.W. Davies Farms, The Hydes, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3QB
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The main emphasis of the training will be to put people on the right course to CTF, setting out its principles, how it works and the mindset, equipment and infrastructure needed to achieve it. 

The host farm will form one Case Study and a further Case Study using attendees's data will be used to demonstrate the conversion process.

The outline agenda for the day, which starts with refreshments at 09.30 and runs until 4 pm, will be:

Background to CTF, how it manages compaction, protects soils, improves yields and cuts down on production costs while addressing soil erosion and diffuse pollution issues.

What CTF is and the "tools" needed to make it work. An introduction to CTF "Tiers" and continual improvement.

Global Navigation Satellite Systems, RTK correction and its means of delivery and achieving reliable Auto-steer. Commercial offerings and costs

Converting to CTF, the importance of planning and setting timescales to reduce capital investment and operating costs. Making CTF work in practice, the processes involved and potential returns and challenges. Examples of on-farm systems.

Introduction to host farm and its CTF system. Farm walk to look at machinery, soils and crops. Future plans and potential improvements to the existing system.

Case Study drawn from selected attendees to show the thought processes and steps needed to achieve conversion.

Keeping your CTF system up and running. Maintenance of non-trafficked soil, traffic lanes and headlands.

Where to from here? Further support during the conversion process, seeing how other people are making CTF work and in what ways.

BASIS points have been applied for and 1 NRoSO point has been allocated.

Your principal trainer will be Tim Chamen of CTF Europe, supported by Jeremy Durrant, farm manager at The Hydes and a number of GNSS providers.
After the event, attendees will receive the presentations together with notes, where applicable.

This training day precedes a CTF workshop in Suffolk taking in both organic and conventional farms at different stages of CTF adoption. See our registration page for details.


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