I recently made the comment that CTF is purely a traffic management system and I was castigated by our Australian colleagues who said it was a whole lot more than that – it’s the start of a completely new way of thinking which delivers a more precise way of farming. Precision that opens up a whole range of new opportunities from accurate mapping, inter-row operations, massive reductions in fuel use and input conservation to name but a few – overall a much more efficient and environmentally sensitive way of farming.
I do of course agree but my aim was to make it simple so that people aren’t put off giving it some thought and even trying some things, as is our host farmer who we plan to visit in November. His simple approach will allow him to see what is happening under one pass of a machine, two passes and however many may occur in one place during the several seasons he is going to monitor them. As our Australian “cousins” often say – “know where you are farming” and this is made easy by RTK GPS. I know this isn’t cheap, but the returns can be calculated reasonably easily using data from your own farming operations. Becoming a member of CTF Europe makes this easier still – we have the tools ready and waiting for you to use!
Anybody have any comments on this?