Alberta Barley

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Evaluation and adaptation of controlled traffic farming in Alberta

Project lead:
Peter Gamache
Project Leader
Controlled Traffic Farming Alberta

Timeline: April 2011 – December 2013

Partners:

  • Alberta Barley
  • Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta
  • Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta
  • Alberta Canola Producers Commission
  • Alberta Pulse Growers Commission
  • Alberta Wheat Commission
  • Farmers Edge
  • Beyond Agronomy
  • Point Forward Solutions

Alberta Barley funding: $40,000

Summary:
Controlled traffic farming (CTF) is a system that separates the area that machinery travels on from the area where the crop grows, establishing permanent traffic lanes. In this farmer-led initiative, farmers are evaluating the agronomic and economic viability of CTF under a variety of climatic and soil conditions in Alberta. The project looks at the potential benefits of CTF and addresses the detrimental effects of soil compaction by farm machinery.

Benefits for farmers:
CTF has the potential to help farmers manage risk and improve crop production. Increased water infiltration and water storage, increased moisture-use efficiencies, more even plant maturity, reduced fuel use, more timely field operations, better on-farm research and increased yields are some of the potential benefits.