Welcome

Controlled traffic farming (CTF) is the start of a journey – a journey to reduce production costs and increase yields while improving soil health and delivering positively to the environment. It works on the principle that “if it’s not broken, you don’t need to fix it”. Much of the time and energy we put into soils is to undo the compaction damage we have caused by driving machines all over them. This video clip shows just how severe the effects can be. As machines are getting heavier and heavier, this damage is extending deeper and deeper into the soil profile. So deep in fact, that damage may already be uneconomic to repair.

Controlled traffic farming turns our present production systems on their head by leaving 80 – 90% of fields permanently without compaction, rather than the other way around. CTF aims to confine soil compaction to the least possible area of permanent traffic lanes. It sounds simple but because our machines have never been designed to do this, it needs a lot of thought and good planning to get it right. Look at this simple flash animation (English) (Deutsch) (Français) to see how CTF brings order to chaos! If you would like to read more about CTF in Danish, please visit our partner site at ctfeurope.dk

If you think CTF makes sense download a flier to find out more and join the increasing number of growers who want to embrace the "straight and narrow" and are being helped by becoming a member of the CTF Network.

Calendar

Throughout 2019

Workshops and Members' days in the UK

See our Events page

News

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

PX Farms in Cambridgeshire, UK was one of the first farms to devise a CTF system that worked within a sugar beet regime and are now probably the first to devise a CTF system for growing potatoes.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We have two farm visit days coming up, the first on 28 February 2017 when we will visit two farms in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire, the second on 8 March 2017 when we will be visiting two farms in Norfolk.