Controlled Traffic Farming Alberta

CTFA Newsletter Dec 15, 2014



CTF News
  • New CTF Funding
  • Wheeltrak Calculator app
  • Avoiding Soil Compaction
  • Wide header widths and unloading
  • CTF Europe
  • CTFA Plot Reports
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Dec. 15, 2014 Vol #1, Issue #1
Controlled Traffic Farming Alberta News
New funding received
We have received funding to continue our project for three years, April 2014 to March 2017. The joint project with the University of Alberta Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences is funded in large part by the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF). The Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC) has contributed one year of funding. We are grateful for the support of our seven cooperators and their agronomists: Farmers Edge,  Point Forward SolutionsAgVisor Crop Management, Beyond Agronomy and Paradigm Precision. The Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) continues to be the managing partner.
The objectives of CTFA are to enable farmers to make informed choices on the adoption of controlled traffic farming systems, improve farmers’ ability to do on-farm research and extend the findings to farmers and agronomists.
The University of Alberta is conducting more in-depth research to quantify and interpret water use efficiency, nutrient use efficiency, hydraulic conductivity, soil pore space and root growth characteristics using our original cooperators CTF sites.
Wondering how much of a field you track each year? There is an app for that.
Wheeltrak Calculator App – This app, designed to be used through a website, will calculate the portion of your field that has had or will have wheel traffic. You can calculate for one operation or a combination of field operations. The result is a pretty accurate picture of how much of a field you travel over in a growing season.  The app uses axle widths, implement widths, tire sizes and so on to make the calculation. The app will only get better overtime as feedback is received. Precision Agriculture Australia developed the app with support from CTFA, Beyond Agronomy and other interested parties. You can also access the app on our Links page under Controlled Traffic Farming Sites.
Avoiding Soil Compaction
Sjoerd Duiker, assistant professor of soil management at Penn State, has an excellent short paper outlining the results of more than 20 soil compaction experiments in North America and Europe. " Sjoerd writes: "In a summary of the international soil compaction project, compaction due to axle loads of 10-12 tons reduced yields approximately 15 percent in the first year, decreasing to 3-5 percent 10 years after compaction." That is just the beginning but he does discuss keys to avoid soil compaction or at least reduce it.
Wide header widths and unloading on the go
Click here for an excellent harvest video taken on E.W. Davies farm in England. They are in a full CTF system and are running a Lexion 780 & Richard Western GR24 Chaser Bin in the video. The chaser bin (grain cart to Canadians) has an extendable hydraulic driven conveyor to allow unloading to the adjacent tramline.
Controlled Traffic Farming Europe
Check out their site for lots of good information on controlled traffic. An interesting project is the development of wide span CTF equipment. It helps to think of it in terms of a gantry. It is pretty handy for moving around narrow roads and makes turning in the field pretty simple. 

CTFA Plot 2014 reports coming soon – click here for past reports

We are working on the data from our plots and will post to our website and let you know as soon as they are available. What is different this year? The plot design has been changed from a split plot comparing random traffic and CTF to replicated plots comparing CTF and traffic imposed on CTF. This allows for much more rigorous statistics.
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