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Results From Recent Traffic Systems Research And The Implications For Future Work

Richard Godwin / Paula Misiewicz / David White / Emily Smith / Tim Chamen / Jana Galambošová / Ron Stobart
Published Online: 2015-09-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ata-2015-0013


This paper reviews the results of recent traffic systems research and concludes that the evidence shows that with sufficient ingenuity by farmers and their equipment suppliers to match operating and wheel track widths, the traffic management systems that reduce soil compaction should improve crop yield, reduce energy consumption and improve infiltration rates (which will reduce runoff, erosion and flooding). These together will improve agronomic, economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Low ground pressure alternatives may well be the option that best suits some farming enterprises and should not be discounted as viable traffic management methods. The paper also considers the implications for further work to improve the robustness of the experimental data.

Keywords: controlled traffic farming; tillage; cereals; yield; soil management


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Published Online: 2015-09-19

Published in Print: 2015-09-01

Citation Information: Acta Technologica Agriculturae, Volume 18, Issue 3, Pages 57–63, ISSN (Online) 1338-5267, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ata-2015-0013.

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