CTF Europe

Controlled Traffic Farming across Europe

Report on CTF 2015 - Prague

Agrovation 12 m CTF harvest

2nd International Conference
(18-19 June 2015)

The conference comprised a day of presentations and posters followed by a field day at Horsch's 3,150 ha Agrovation farm which has an established 12 m CTF system.

The conference was organised by the Smart Agri Platform, CTF Europe.dk, the Czech University of Life Sciences and the Slovak University of Agriculture.

Conference sponsors

Abstracts and speakers presentations are now publicly available but a resume of the presentations and discussions are contained in reports from the two conference days available to Soil & Water Management Centre members only.

Main conclusions and recommendations from the conference. 

  • CTF is gaining interest across the globe but needs "insentivisation" to overcome a general inertia against changing to CTF
  • There is still much to learn about how to optimize CTF systems both in practical and research terms
  • CTF should be considered to be more than a soil conserving farming practice. CTF also allows optimised driving patterns, more efficient operations and more precise targeting of inputs
  • For European Conditions track gauges of 3 m on tractors and other agricultural machines will remain a constraint in relation to traffic regulations. Further development of "CTF friendly" machinery (including tractors) together with variable track gauges is a top priority. 
  • To gain the greatest advantage from CTF, farmers need practical, technical and scientific help to reduce their tillage inputs without increasing risk to their production systems.

UK: Tim Chamen
+44 7714 206 048

Netherlands: Sander Bernaerts

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