Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

CTF Knowledge Exchange Day

  • 05 Jun 2018
  • 08:30 - 17:30
  • Loyd Lindsay Rooms, High St, Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8PS, UK
  • 4


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Available for paid up members of Smart Agri Systems Platform (plus VAT)
  • Registration including 12 months membership of Smart Agri Systems Platform (plus VAT)
  • (plus VAT)
  • Code required

Registration is closed

Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF)
Knowledge Exchange Day

With support from


A knowledge exchange day designed for both CTF "veterans" and those new to CTF. The aim of the day will be to promote discussion amongst experienced controlled traffic farmers, touching on problems they have faced, solutions they have found and means of overcoming challenges that remain, whether these are associated with agronomy, machinery or satellite guidance systems.

We will also be running CTF training sessions for those new to CTF, providing a framework and timescale for transition, CTF options, crop establishment choices, harvest management and the basics of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Feedback from the "veteran" discussions will form an integral part of the training and knowledge exchange.

We are also most grateful that four CTF farms within a 10 mile radius of the venue have agreed that we can visit them on the day. These will necessarily be brief visits but will provide us with a good idea of what CTF is all about.


Programme for the day*

08.30  Registration and refreshments
(following registration, refreshments will be available on demand)

09.00  Introduction and present state of CTF in Europe

09.15  Parallel sessions

  1. Veteran break-out group
    1. Potential topics for discussion
       Traffic lane & headland management
       Baling and carting
       Non-trafficked soil management
       Machinery adaptation
       Integrating sugar beet and/or potatoes
       Soil and machinery management for spring cropping

  2. CTF training session 1
    1. Soil & crop responses to CTF
    2. Principles and benefits of CTF
    3. Satellite guidance and auto-steer
10.20  Comfort break

10.30  Feedback/discussion from Veteran Session 1

10.45  Depart for farm visits 1 and 2
               Compton Beauchamp Estate
               Ben Smith & Sons

13.00  Lunch at Loyd Lindsay Rooms sponsored by

13.45  Parallel sessions

  1. Veteran break-out group
    1. Potential topics for discussion
      Residue/tillage management
      Crop establishment
      Drainage design and mole ploughing
      Sustainability of no-till within a CTF regime
      Growing maize for digesters
      Operating CTF on steeply sloping land

  2. CTF training session 2
    1. CTF options
    2. Machinery inventory, timescale and finances
    3. Crop establishment systems
    4. CTF Case Studies

15.00  Feedback/discussion from Veteran Session 2

15.20  Tea/coffee & cake followed by farm visits 3 and 4
               Beeswax Dyson
               Hendred Farm Partnership

18.30 approx. Optional Hot meal (extra cost) at Farm 4

6 BASIS and 1 NRoSO point(s) have been allocated to this day

*Subject to small changes


Site Admin: Tim Chamen
t: 01525 405121/Mob 07714 206048

Events organiser: Tim Chamen
t: 01525 405121 m: 07714 206048

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