Testing the Controlled Traffic Technical Manual

Article via The Mallee Farmer by Glen Sutherland, Regional Landcare Facilitator from Mallee Catchment Management Authority.

One of the benefits  of belonging to the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and being one of the 56 Regional Landcare  Facilitators in Australia, is sometimes  being “in the know” about what is happening  in far-flung places, and being able to identify work that may be relevant  and useful to our region.

Farmers across Australia are looking to use NACC's Controlled Traffic Technical Manual.
Farmers across Australia are looking to use NACC’s Controlled Traffic Technical Manual.

A fine example of this is the recently launched Controlled Traffic Technical Manual, which hails from the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, based out of Geraldton in Western Australia.

Our regions share much in common when comparing dryland agriculture cropping industries, soil types and climate. Even though the manual comes from the other side of our continent, the authors are well known over here in the east and include Bindi Isbister, Paul Blackwell, Glen Riethmuller, Stephen Davies, Andrew Whitlock  and Tim Neale.

Mallee Farmer asked Darryl Pearl, Land Management Extension Officer,  Department of Economic  Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, to take a look at the manual with a view to determine its appropriateness for use in the Victorian Mallee.

Darryl kindly provided the following review:

“I have read through the manual and it has great points and insight into the benefits and issues in regards to controlled traffic farming (CTF). It would be a good tool for Mallee farmers to use when considering moving to CTF.  The Innovation in Crop project and the GRDC funded CTF in low rainfall project will help add more local information for farmers on CTF.”

Words by Glen Sutherland, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Mallee Catchment Management Authority.

1 comment

Thankyou for promoting our work in that NACC manual, it’s great that farmers from other regions in the country can see some value in it too!
A really easy way to keep up with that information and more is to join the CTF facebook group started by Josh Pearce: search for WACTFA on facebook groups and apply to join. There are almost 500 members to date (28th Jan 2017) and there is some useful discussion and posts, including recent improvements to deep ripping to improve CTF farming on some soils and at some locations.

All the best
Paul, Bindi and Glen

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