CTF Europe

Controlled Traffic Farming across Europe

ISTRO CTF Working Group history and objectives

The group came into being at the 16th triennial conference of the International Soil Tillage Research Organisation (ISTRO) in Brisbane in July 2003 The objectives of the group are reflected by the following paragraphs:
"To critically review both scientific and practical evidence of the benefits and shortcomings of controlled traffic farming systems and to identify gaps in knowledge and areas of research where further work is needed. In particular, to pinpoint research that will appraise the linkage between tillage, traffic and favourable soil structure."

"In addition, the group aims to encourage and if possible facilitate the use of CTF in a way that delivers benefits in as wide a range of climates and ecozones as possible. This should be done in a way that improves the financial viability of food production while addressing environmental and food safety issues."

The group understands that CTF practitioners drive its core activity of identifying and undertaking appropriate research. If you are a CTF practitioner and consider that an aspect of the system or its deliverables needs attention, research or development, then please email us.

ISTRO Working Group Events

Recent event reports

The last event took take place during the Controlled Traffic Farming conference (CTF2013) in Toowoomba, Australia from 25-27 February 2013. The last meeting was at the triennial ISTRO conference in Uruguay in September 2012.

The report of our workshop held in Sweden in May 2012 has been produced as an interactive pdf file with links to all the presentations and other relevant information. The report augments the presentations with notes from the author's spoken words which can be used alongside. Also included are the field visits and notes from some of the discussions.

Please make full use of the pdf file bookmarks shown on the left which when clicked will jump you to any part of the file. FOR FULL FUNCTIONALITY PLEASE SAVE THE FILE TO YOUR OWN COMPUTER Any errors or omissions, please e-mail Tim Chamen

Report from workshop in Sweden, 24-25 May 2012

Report from workshop in Bavaria, 25-26 May 2011

24-25 May 2012. Skåne, Sweden

A combination of presentations and visits to fields of practising controlled traffic farmers. Discussions centring on soil and crop improvement and methods of introducing and maintaining controlled traffic farming systems.

25-26 May 2011. Freising, Bavaria

The meeting took place at the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture and then moved to a commercial farm at Eichstaett to visit field research on wheat, rye and sugar beet using CTF and different tillage strategies.

17-18 August 2010. Tänikon, Switzerland

CTF and Conservation Tillage in the Framework of Small Scale Farming

The workshop included visits to CTF trials, work on non-inversion tillage and direct seeding. It also featured nitrate leaching from ploughed and no-till soils. Additionally there were reports on CTF research being carried out across Europe and other parts of the world.

(Left click any link below to open the file in your browser or right click the link and left click "Save Target As" to save the file to your own specified folder).

CTF workshop at Colworth, UK. 10 April 2008

CTF workshop in Nitra, Slovakia. 22-24 April 2008

Netherlands, 23-25 May 2007 - seasonal controlled traffic in vegetable production

ISTRO 2006 conference in Kiel, Germany. August/Sept 2006

ISTRO 2006 CTF Working Group meeting report

Denmark CTF Workshop, 16th-18th November 2005.

This 3-day workshop was organized by our Danish colleagues and was a combination of farm visits, discussion forums and presentations. We visited DIAS institutions at Foulum and Bygholm where research projects were described and aspects of soil management and controlled traffic discussed. Twenty two people from widely differing backgrounds and seven different countries (including several farmers from the UK) came together to exchange ideas and experiences. The following report on the workshop activities and outcomes is available to download:

Danish Workshop Summary [Word format]

July 2004, 2-day workshop in Silsoe, UK.

The following reports from the meeting can be downloaded:

Workshop summary [pdf format]
Summary slides [pdf format]
Dutch Controlled traffic farm-based trial [pdf format]
CTF Weed Management Strategies [pdf format]
Meeting discussion prompts [PowerPoint format]

UK: Tim Chamen
+44 7714 206 048

Netherlands: Sander Bernaerts

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