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)
More crops grow (average 18% increase in yield)
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. Discover how P.X. are using CTF to farm potatoes.
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 during 2005-2010: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 axle width: