CTF Europe

Controlled Traffic Farming across Europe

CTF 2015 - Programme

2nd International Conference
17-19 June 2015 in Prague

17 June

Welcome reception at the DUO Hotel 18:30 - 24:00

Please join the free reception if you can. Drinks and a light meal will be served. After the reception transport to the CULS accommodation will be arranged.

The welcome reception is sponsored by:

18 June

8:15 Buses leave from DUO Hotel to the Czech University of Life Science.

Registration for the conference

First session
Chairman: Hans Henrik Pedersen, CTF Europe.dk, Aarhus University

Introduction – Welcome

9:00 Welcome to the Czech Republic. Brief introduction to the day and introduction to Czech (high tech) agriculture and research
Prof. Frantisek Kumhala, Czech University of Life Sciences

9:15 "Controlled Traffic Farming – from research to adoption in northern Europe and its future prospects”
Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

Farmer experiences with CTF

A number of farmers now have several years of experiences with CTF. What does CTF lead to concerning crop growth, management and farm economy?

9:45 CTF as a means to successful direct drilling
Nick August, August farms, Oxfordshire, UK.

10:05 “It works so well that it can hardly be true”. Experiences from heavy and highly variable soils.
Jan Jönsson, Lydinge Farm, Skåne, Sweden  Presentation (members only)

10:25: 1 minute presentations of  posters featured in the next session
  • Diogenes Antille, University of South. Queensland, Australia
  • Chris Bluett, HRZ Ag Consulting, Australia 
  • Jozef Hula, Czech University of Life Science, 

Posters session and coffee break

Second session
Chairman: Tim Chamen, CTF Europe Ltd 

11:15 Management of farming and staff in large scale farming. Nine years of CTF experiences in Romania.
Hans Ole Rasmussen, Romania

Overseas experiences with CTF

11:40 Experiences from Australia: 20 years of CTF and 10 things not to do
Wayne Chapman, CTF Solutions and Wanaringa Farm, Taroom

12:05 CTF in Canada and in the US. Experiences and how is interest among farmers?
Peter Gamache, CTF Alberta, Canada

Lunch (12:30 - 13:30)

Third session
Chairman: Jana Galambosova, Slovak University of Agriculture  

Recent research, farm economy and the environmental impact

13:40 Results from recent traffic system research and the implications for future work
Dick Godwin, Harper Adams University, Newport UK

14:10 Economics assessment of CTF in arable crop rotations and in forage grass
Hans Alvemar, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. Sweden

14:30 CTF in vegetables - great potential, challenged by incompatible machinery.
John McPhee, University of Tasmania, Burnie, Australia

15:00 CTF in Australian grain production: Less emissions of green house gasses emissions and good economics to the farmer.
Jeff Tullberg, Honorary Associate Prof University of Queensland and at National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, Australia

15:30 Coffee break

Fourth session
Chairman: Milan Kroulik, Czech University of Life Science

New into CTF – how to get started

16:10 Modifying machinery for 9 m CTF. Our first year's of experiences from 750 ha in undulating land in Poland
Tadeusz Niesiobędzki, Rolman Farm, Poland

16:30 We now finally have a plan how to implement 12 m CTF on our 3.000 ha
Martin Rosenmejer, Skabernäs, Skåne Sweden

Industry developments

16:45 How do requests from CTF farmers influence R&D in the industry?
Joachim Stiegemann, Claas

17:10 New opportunities with auto-guidance system and field mapping software. Has the challenge of compatibility between systems been solved?
Mr. Patrik Vitek, CEO, Leading Farmers, Czech Republic

Closure day 1

17:30 Visit to University facilities and research field

18:15 Buses leave for DUO Hotel 

19:15 Conference Dinner at DUO Hotel 

23:30 Buses leave for those staying at CULS Accommodation (University)

The conference dinner is sponsored by:

19 June

7:30 Buses leave from CULS accomondation 

8:15 Buses leave from DUO Hotel 

9:00 Arriving at Agrovation Farm, Nádražní 114, 294 02 Kněžmost

The day will include:
  • Presentation of the Agrovation Farm and the established 12 m rubber belt based CTF system
  • Field visits (Maize, Winter wheat, OSR, sunflower) 
  • Machinery presentation including new developments and prototypes (see the Agrovation page)
  • Demonstration of high capacity spraying (36 m , 30 km/h, 30 cm boom height)
    Selfpropelled Horsch Leeb sprayer
    and trailed sprayer pulled by Claas Axion Tractor set to 3 m track gauge by company Graasdorf
  • Soil assessments in the newly established CTF system (prepared by Czech University of Life Sciences)

16:00 A bus leaves for the airport if anybody needs to fly out early
(Arrives approximately 17:30 at the airport) 

16:00 Conference closure

  • What did we learn from the conference?
  • Future activities (seminars, technology developments) 
  • Requests for research 
  • Lobbyism - how do we promote CTF and Conservation Agriculture?
  • A 3rd International CTF conference?

17:00 Buses leave to

  • Hotels
  • Airport (arrives approximately: 18:30)
An optional dinner in central Prague will be organised after the conference (participants can arrange to join during the conference). The dinner and transport to the restaurant is not part of the conference and will be on own expense.

UK: Tim Chamen
+44 7714 206 048

Netherlands: Sander Bernaerts

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