CTF

Richard1983

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Mixed Farmer
Evening,

i’m new to no till. How important is CTF for no till to work and is it possible to do on grassland as I’m a mixed dairy farm?
 

Richard1983

Member
Mixed Farmer
That is assuming you are talking about matching up all the combine, sprayer, drilling wheelings.

That is what most people seem to be talking about by CTF, though there is a lot else worth considering for limiting the impact of machinery on the soil.
By this do you mean low pressure tyres and just sensible running when in the field with implements?
 

Badshot

Member
Location
Kent
What you need to do really is keep tramlines in the same place every year.
Doing that means you never see any issues from them.
I shudder to think how much soil is heaved to 15 inches deep, just to alleviate the tramlines, which if you accept you're not trying to grow crops on, are not an issue anyway.


The first year I had a gd a good neighbour came and saw me drilling cover crops.
He scratched around, and asked "what about where it's not going so deep up the tramlines"?
I replied I don't care, it's the tramline, I'm driving up it 10 or more times a year, I'm not expecting crop there.
I Hadn't thought of that was the answer.
And he's a CTF advocate.

As it happens, the headland tramlines are bare , but often the infield ones are growing wheat, every bit helps.
 

clbarclay

Member
Location
Worcestershire
By this do you mean low pressure tyres and just sensible running when in the field with implements?

Yes and plenty of little things too which seem sensible enough, but it's still all effectively part of controlling traffic on the fields. Some things such as persuading bale trailer drivers to only go on the tramlines can be easier said than done.
 
Yes and plenty of little things too which seem sensible enough, but it's still all effectively part of controlling traffic on the fields. Some things such as persuading bale trailer drivers to only go on the tramlines can be easier said than done.
If bale trailers stray sack the bale trailer
good straw contractors will keep to the tramlines so they get the straw next year
 

alomy75

Member
If bale trailers stray sack the bale trailer
good straw contractors will keep to the tramlines so they get the straw next year
Must be tricky though if they have a chaser on wide tramlines and relatively narrow swaths in a high straw yield situation…6m header 36m sprayer and 3 Hesston bales to the acre say. That’s 4 of the 6 swaths between tramlines…could mean longer distance travelled to go back to the tramline between each bale than going bale to bale. Or are we talking about just keeping to the tramline when fully loaded going to the stack?
 

clbarclay

Member
Location
Worcestershire
If bale trailers stray sack the bale trailer
good straw contractors will keep to the tramlines so they get the straw next year
Contractors are one thing. The next door neighbours who also make some little bales for us as well is arguably a little more awkward. They certainly aren't bad like some other neighbours were though.
 

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