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CTFA Newsletter March 11, 2015

 

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March 11, 2015 Vol #2, Issue #1
Controlled Traffic Farming Alberta News
 
 
New!
2014 CTFA Project and Economic reports are now online. Click here
 
2014 Controlled Traffic Farming Project Highlights
The field plot design was changed to strip trials with random traffic imposed on CTF. Replications ranged from two to five depending on the farm.
 
The time it takes to infiltrate one inch of water into the soil was faster on all CTF plots vs the random traffic. The differences were significant at p=10% at two of six sites. Both sites are heavy clay soils. Infiltration has been consistently faster for the CTF plots for each of the last four years.
 
Crop emergence was significantly better on one farm for the random traffic plots. Weed counts are not showing any trends. Stinkweed counts were significantly higher in the random traffic on one site
 
Yield data was collected using yield monitors and in some cases calibrated with grain cart scales. Yields were collected from random traffic swaths and from CTF swaths immediately adjacent to the random traffic plots. Three sites had a slight yield advantage for the CTF and three a slight advantage for random traffic. None of the yields are significantly different at p=10%.
 
The range of net benefits to CTF (Gross Revenue less Variable Costs) varies substantially, however caution should be used since the yield results are not significant at p=10%. The incremental net capital investment ranges from $2.13 per acre to $214.76 per acre which reflects economies of scale and farmer investment decisions.
 
The CTF system is functioning well on each farm and is proving to be a resilient system. It has improved the timeliness and efficiency of operations. It does require a very high level of management and is a rigid system. The precision of a CTF system opens up a whole new world of agronomic/economic opportunities such as in-crop nitrogen application, on-row fungicides and so on. Controlled traffic farming is proving to be an excellent system within which to do on-farm research.
 
Interested in getting into CTF?
We are considering offering a one day training session in late 2015 or early 2016 for farmers who are interested in transitioning into controlled traffic farming. The sessions will include instruction from a veteran CTF farmer and/or agronomist and address the whole system including agronomics, soils, equipment and management: what to do, what not to do, common mistakes to avoid, equipment challenges, tramline management, agronomic potential and harvest management. The maximum participants would be 5-6 per day. We will need to have at least fifteen farmers to make this viable. The cost would be around $1500 per person.
 
If you are interested please contact Peter Gamache This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780 720-4346.
 
More CTF information
Check out our Links section http://controlledtrafficfarming.org/index.php/links
New articles/links include:
CTF, crop strips, twin rows and no-till in Ontario
Matching machinery for controlled traffic farming
Planning process for moving into controlled traffic faming
Soil News (called Soil Expedition) is an app from Injekta that is available for Android and Apple

Missed our December Newsletter? Click here for our archives
 
 
 
 
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