This conference and the post-conference tours aim to bring together farmers and professionals from all relevant fields to share their experiences of successful adoption and management of a CTF system and the integration of new and exciting technologies into it.
How CTF can benefit the Australian Grains Industry
Controlled Traffic Farming systems have been demonstrated in Australia to increase crop productivity by improving soil health and water holding capacity. They are strongly linked to the prevention of erosion and other environmental degradation problems on farms.
In the view of ACTFA and conservation group members, these factors make CTF a principal or key enabling technology for grain producers to improve the productivity of their farms and thus help them to manage
the continual challenges to their terms of trade.
Engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and other professionals from many countries around the world are working jointly with farmers to continue the development of CTF technologies and see them adopted on grain producing farms.
CTF is an ideal base on which to build a precision system that takes advantage of new and emerging technologies including those involving information and data. CTF allows growers to quickly adopt new agronomic methods and to accurately measure any effects on their crops.
While adoption of CTF in Australian cropping systems is slowly increasing it is still practiced by a minority of growers.
A 2016 survey conducted by project DAW00243 of 84 grain growers in WA found 89% reported soil compaction on their farm but only 22% were using CTF.
Two of the main reasons quoted for non-adoption of CTF were machinery incompatibility and financial constraints. By explaining to grain growers the potential benefits of CTF and showing them how to affordably plan, create, adopt and manage a CTF system for their grain business, the adoption rate should increase rapidly. The technologies available today will help with this adoption and recent research results will help to dispel barriers. A big part of the conference will be demonstrating the economic value of CTF on farms, one of the biggest perceived barriers to adoption. Grain growers frequently say they lack
understanding of the difficulties and costs, and are uncertain of the benefits that they will obtain.
Photo courtesy of Brady Green on his CTF farm in Nabawa near Geraldton.
The conference will focus on four major themes derived from growers’ stated reasons for reluctance to adopt CTF. They are
- Economics of CTF;
- Setting up the CTF system;
- Benefits of managing compaction in a CTF system; and
- Technologies that add value to CTF.
The subjects will be covered by a mix of grower and industry speakers and reinforced by a visit to a CTF farm on the second day.
Grain Grower Involvement
We would anticipate that between half and two thirds of Conference delegates will be farmers, with grain growers a large majority of those.
We will have presentations from grain growers about their CTF journeys, and will be visiting farms where CTF systems are in place. Growers who adopt CTF often say that they found out that the “barriers” were largely in their minds, and they are often good at explaining that to other farm business owners. The committee is made up of representatives from ACTFA, WANTFA, WACTFA and DAFWA who all have direct communication to growers. University of Western Australia (UWA) is a supporting organisation.
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