Controlled Traffic Farming will come to Ancroft

I was inspired by hearing another Monitor Farm host – Julian Gold in Wantage – to look into CTF to help reduce compaction on the farm. We now have an 8mGlencoe cultivator drill, 8m Horsch Drill and an 8.2m set of Väderstad Cross Kill rollers with levelling boards, to work with his 7.5m and 10.5m combines. My father and I also plan to buy or develop their own machine for removing compaction in the headlands and traffic lanes using a low-disturbance leg.

I think we can get down to 25 or 30% travelling on the field, which will keep all the wheelings in the same place and we’ll know where any compaction problems are. We’ll also reduce cultivations, as with the new system we only plan on going down 100 – 150mm. And by using wider machinery, we should be able to cover the ground more quickly. I can’t see a negative – yet!

CTF will take careful planning with the rest of the farm team, and so it will be the topic for the next Berwick-upon-Tweed Monitor Farm meeting, on 19 February.

For more information about attending the Berwick-upon-Tweed Monitor Farm, contact AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Regional Manager Judith Stafford,




Richard Reed farms a mix of owned and contract farmed land and contracting totalling 1170ha with his father near Berwick-upon-Tweed. He grows winter wheat for biscuit wheat or distilling, oilseed rape, winter barley for malt, feed, and seed, spring barley, and tried 3ha spring beans in 2014. During the Monitor Farm programme, Richard hopes to look at improving soil structure and condition, work force succession, grain marketing and machinery and establishment costs.