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Liberating soils and raising farm profits with Controlled Traffic Farming
“We can’t eliminate soil compaction from our fields, but with careful planning and clever technology, we can permanently minimise the area that it affects,” says Tim Chamen, founder of CTF Europe. Established in 2007, CTF Europe works closely with farmers to adopt Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF), confining wheels or tracks to the least possible area of permanent traffic lanes.
Driving on soil with heavy machinery causes soil damage and reduces farm profit, so Chamen recommends CTF to ‘bring order to the chaos’ associated with ‘random traffic farming’. He will be presenting at ‘Smarter Farming for Soils and Water Management’, held by Agri-Tech East and Smart-AKIS at Cranfield University on 14th September. (more…)
“It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people” said Wilbur, the pig in children’s novel Charlotte’s Web, on winning a ribbon at the county fair. This year’s agricultural shows have seen the usual wealth of four and two-legged prize winners, and we are coming up to Awards season with the Yield Enhancement Network prizes, Farmers’ Weekly awards and others. Indeed, our keynote speaker for REAP 2017 won last year’s Kleckner Prize from the Global Farmers Network.
So how do prizes help move the industry forward? Are awards a valuable accolade demonstrating industry recognition, or simply dust-gatherers for the vainglorious?