Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF)
What is CTF?
P.X. Farms has adopted the CTF farming approach using the same tramlines for machinery – reducing compaction and damage to land and increasing yield. P.X. Farms machinery has been adjusted to a 11.9m axel width and 1.8m >< internal track spacing to take advantage of the below benefits for our customers and the family farm:
- Less fuel cost (average 12% reduction)
- Reduces compaction
- More crops grow (average 18% increase in yield)
- Better drainage
- Better soil health
- Less wear and tear on machinery
Managing Director, James Peck undertook a Nuffield Study in 2010 around CTF and has continued to use this approach for the benefit of his own customers, and family farm over the years. You can download his study here and watch his presentation here.
Traditional Farming Approach vs Controlled Traffic Farming
As we can see below, using the traditional approach of farming with numerous machinery throughout the year can cause soil damage – dictated here as 86% compaction:
Since changing from Traditional to CTF in 2010, we have benefited from averages of 18% yield increase and 12% reduction in fuel cost – see the image below that shows field traffic using the 11.9 metre axel width:
As we have continued to use the CTF approach for a number of years now, we also had the advantage of evolving and refining our adoption of CTF further.
Real Time Kinematic (RTK)
What is RTK?
RTK offers enhanced accuracy for GPS by using fixed position base stations to transmit signals. This means P.X. Farms machinery can align with the base stations and correct positioning errors caused by the atmosphere for precision farming.
How are P.X. Farms using RTK?
P.X. Farms sprayers and fertiliser spreaders have section control from RTK which reduces inputs by 3-5% and results in less pollution. We also use a boom spreader instead of a spinning disc to increase accuracy and precision – less affected by factors like wind, we can therefore apply the correct quantities to the land.
To discuss how P.X. Farms adapts, innovatives and overcomes, contact us for more information.