Potential to increase productivity and sustainability in Argentinean agriculture with controlled traffic farming: a short discussion

Antille, Diogenes L. and Imhoff, Silvia C. and Alesso, Carlos A. and Chamen, William C. T. and Tullberg, Jeff N. (2015) Potential to increase productivity and sustainability in Argentinean agriculture with controlled traffic farming: a short discussion. Acta Technologica Agriculturae , 18 (3). pp. 83-87. ISSN 1335-2555

Abstract

Drivers for and potential barriers against adoption of controlled traffic farming (CTF) systems in Argentina are reviewed. Traffic compaction is one of the main factors affecting crop productivity within Argentinean agriculture, and has significant although less quantified impacts on the whole-of-farm system. This suggests that the benefits of no-tillage (NT), which represents the dominant form of cropping in Argentina, are not fully realised. Conservative estimates indicate that crop yields could be improved by at least 15% if NT is used in conjunction with CTF. Cost-benefit analyses of available options for compaction management are required. Despite this, and based on reported evidence internationally, a shift toward increased uptake of CTF within Argentinean agriculture is likely to: (1) improve productivity and farm profitability, (2) enhance environmental performance, and (3) maintain competitiveness of the agricultural sector. Appropriate technical advice and support is a key requirement to drive adoption of CTF. Therefore, the adoption process will benefit from collaboration developed with well-established research and extension organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom, and active engagement of machinery manufacturers.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 29217
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions. Acta Technologica Agriculturae, Special Issue: Controlled Traffic Farming
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 06:09
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 00:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: greenhouse gas emissions; no-tillage; random traffic; resource use efficiency; soil compaction; sustainable intensification
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1515/ata-2015-0016
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29217

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only