Controlled traffic farming

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The complete description of the NWRM: 

Controlled traffic farming (CTF) is a system which confines all machinery loads to the least possible area of permanent traffic lanes. Current farming systems allow machines to run at random over the land, compacting around 75% of the area within one season and at least the whole area by the second season. Soils don’t recover quickly, taking as much as a few years. A proper CTF system on the other hand can reduce tracking to just 15% and this is always in the same place. CTF is a tool; it does not include a prescription for tillage although most growers adopting CTF use little or none because soil structure does not need to be repaired. The permanent traffic lanes are normally parallel to each other and this is the most efficient way of achieving CTF, but the definition does not preclude tracking at an angle. The permanent traffic lanes may be cropped or non-cropped depending on a wide range of variables and local constraints.



Tractor applying the principle of CTF


Possible benefits with level: 
Benefits Levelsort ascending
BP7 - Increase soil water retention Medium
BP10 - Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery Medium
ES7 - Flood risk reduction Medium
ES8 - Erosion/sediment control Medium
ES9 - Filtration of pollutants Medium
BP8 - Reduce pollutant sources Medium
PO7 - Prevent surface water status deterioration Low
PO12 - More sustainable agriculture and forestry Low
PO14 - Prevention of biodiversity loss Low
BP6 - Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge Low
ES6 - Groundwater/aquifer recharge Low
BP2 - Slow runoff High
PO9 - Take adequate and co-ordinated measures to reduce flood risks High
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