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Tramline farming improves farm production and efficiency by controlling traffic and confining compaction to permanent tramlines and reducing overlap. This manual will help you develop your farming system to get the tramline farming benefits. The manual contains information on the principles and techniques of implementing a tramline farming system. There are many options available, so you can tailor the system to suit your own farm.
In eastern Australia, controlled traffic farming (CTF) is another term used for permanent wheel track farming. The system is based on bare, straight tramlines. The term tramline farming is more commonly used in Western Australia where the system is closer to the original European concept of using bare tramlines for spraying only to avoid weed and soil erosion problems. Although most tramline farmers work in straight lines, some Australian growers, mostly from Western Australia, have shown that tramline farming can be worked successfully round and round. The terms tramline farming and controlled traffic farming can be used interchangeably. For the purpose of this manual we will refer to tramline farming.
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Economic analysis, Tramlining, Farming systems, Design, Farm machinery, Case studies, Automatic guidance, Controlled traffic, Western Australia
Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Horticulture
Webb, B, Blackwell, P, Riethmuller, G, and Lemon, J. (2004), Tramline farming systems technical manual. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4607.