Controlled traffic farming (CTF) is the start of a journey – a journey to reduce production costs and increase yields while improving soil health and delivering positively to the environment. It works on the principle that “if it’s not broken, you don’t need to fix it”. Much of the time and energy we put into soils is to undo the compaction damage we have caused by driving machines all over them. This video clip shows just how severe the effects can be. As machines are getting heavier and heavier, this damage is extending deeper and deeper into the soil profile. So deep in fact, that damage may already be uneconomic to repair.

Controlled traffic farming turns our present production systems on their head by leaving 80 – 90% of fields permanently without compaction, rather than the other way around. CTF aims to confine soil compaction to the least possible area of permanent traffic lanes. It sounds simple but because our machines have never been designed to do this, it needs a lot of thought and good planning to get it right. Look at this simple flash animation (English) (Deutsch) (Français) to see how CTF brings order to chaos! If you would like to read more about CTF in Danish, please visit our partner site at ctfeurope.dk

If you think CTF makes sense download a flier to find out more and join the increasing number of growers who want to embrace the "straight and narrow" and are being helped by becoming a member of CTF Europe. See this endorsement of the benefits from a UK farmer who has been using CTF since 2005.

Our controlled traffic farming activities are now gradually being transferred to the Smart Agri-Systems Platform, which incorporates the Soil and Water Management Centre and the National (UK) Centre for Precision Farming. Access to information about all three topics is offered for an annual fee of £100 to UK farmers, growers and other interested parties but for £50 per annum to those based elsewhere. Please see the new joining page for more information.


Throughout 2016

Workshops and Members' days in the UK

See our Events page


15 February 2015

2nd International Conference (17-19 June 2015) with pre- and post-conference tours Following an extensive survey of potential attendees, the conference is now going ahead with a different format.

08 September 2014

In an Australian agricultural industry partnership, Victorian scientists have just started a five year programme of CTF research aimed at increasing productivity in low rainfall areas of southern Australia.

CTF Training Courses

We are now offering two separate one-day training courses. The first is an on-farm practical introduction to CTF

The second is a "train the trainers" theory and practical course for groups wishing to find out more. UK based but we are happy to offer these courses elsewhere on request.


CTF research and demonstration at
Unilever R&D Colworth, UK

In 2004 the first known CTF system in Europe was set up on a single 8 ha field in the UK. Following two successful years, a further eight fields were added in 2006 totalling 73 ha.


Controlled Traffic Blog

For discussions about or to swap experiences with CTF


Satellite Guidance and Autosteer

For questions and issues relating to satellite guidance and autosteer


Soil Compaction

General topic of soil compaction