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Farmers’ perception of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) and associated technologies

Maria Nygård Thomsen (), Tseganesh Wubale Tamirat (), Søren Marcus Pedersen (), Kim Martin Lind, Hans Henrik Pedersen (), Sytze de Bruin (), David Nuyttens (), Jurgen Vangeyte (), Patrick Dermot Forristal () and Claus Grøn Sørensen ()
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Maria Nygård Thomsen: Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
Tseganesh Wubale Tamirat: Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
Søren Marcus Pedersen: Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
Kim Martin Lind: Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
Hans Henrik Pedersen: Aarhus University
Sytze de Bruin: Wageningen University
David Nuyttens: Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, ILVO, Belgium
Jurgen Vangeyte: Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, ILVO, Belgium
Patrick Dermot Forristal: Teagasc, Crop Science, Ireland
Claus Grøn Sørensen: Aarhus University

No 2018/12, IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics

Abstract: This report presents descriptive results from a recent survey conducted with the objective of assessing the use of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) practices and associated precision farming technologies among farmers in eight European countries. About 26 % of the surveyed farmers use some CTF systems of which 45 % apply CTF on their entire farm. For the CTF users, the major motives to use CTF are to reduce soil structure damage and to improve efficiency (reduce cost) followed by a desire to make more profit. Concern about heavy machinery – induced soil compaction and perceptions about the potentials of CTF are considerably high. However, adoption appears to be constrained mainly by: high cost of machinery modification and RTK purchase, lack of compatibility of equipment and also GPS systems from different manufacturers, and lack of decision support systems. Issues about evidence on demonstrated benefits under local conditions and availability of contractors are also mentioned as limiting factors.

Keywords: Controlled Traffic Farming; adoption; survey; precision agriculture (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O33 Q10 Q16 Q30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-11
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