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Controlled traffic for vegetable production: Part 1. Machinery challenges and options in a diversified vegetable industry


McPhee, JE and Aird, PL, Controlled traffic for vegetable production: Part 1. Machinery challenges and options in a diversified vegetable industry, Biosystems Engineering, 116, (2) pp. 144-154. ISSN 1537-5110 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2013.06.001


Controlled traffic farming (CTF) maintains the same machinery wheel tracks in cropping fields year after year, thereby isolating the impacts of traffic compaction from the soil used for crop growth. Benefits of CTF include improved energy efficiency, soil health, crop yield, timeliness and economics.

The successful adoption of CTF in the Australian grain and cane industries has been largely based on a limited equipment suite and flat to mildly sloping topography. The Tasmanian vegetable industry faces a very different scenario, with a wide diversity of machinery, and topography ranging from gently to steeply undulating.

Two key technical challenges to the adoption of CTF in vegetable and mixed cropping were investigated 1) working and track width compatibility of current equipment, and 2) farm layouts suited to steeply undulating topography.

Almost no machines are currently compatible with a common track or working width, although some are suitable for modification to enable CTF operation. Some harvest machinery (e.g. single row potato harvesters) provides few options for change. Seasonal CTF represents a possible starting place for adoption until more compatible machinery is available.

Findings in relation to farm layouts are reported in a companion paper (McPhee, Neale, & Aird, 2013).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:controlled traffic farming
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Other engineering
Research Field:Agricultural engineering
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Field grown vegetable crops
UTAS Author:McPhee, JE (Mr John McPhee)
ID Code:73547
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2011-10-14
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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