Controlled traffic farming is a journey – a journey towards the increased yielding and reduced production costs of farming while aiming to improve the soil overall health and inducing positivity to the environment. The basic concept of great controlled traffic farming is “If it is not destroyed, you don’t have to fix it”. Most of the time the energy and resources required to restore the land from the damages caused by the heavy vehicles is more than that induced in the cultivation of the land for crop yielding. The effects can be severe and require dedicated time and resources for resolution. Controlled traffic farming leaves 80 – 90% of the land ready for crop yielding and without damage while only the remaining is affected by the adverse effects of heavy weight equipment. The aim is to confine the soil compaction to least of the area possible of permanent vehicle traffic affects.
What are the benefits?
Following are some of the proven benefits of controlled traffic farming:
Improved properness and comfort of operation.
The amount of dust produced while spraying on permanent tracks in reduced heftily.
Trafficability is improved while spraying in winters.
Soil bulk density is decreased.
Aggregate stability is increased.
Visibility in porosity of the land is increased.
John Deere 7760
A modern class heavy weight John Deere 7760 weighs about 34 tonnes while fully loaded during operations. While the equipment contains six heads of operators for picking the cotton crop from the fields, it also benefits the yielders in limiting the adverse effects of trafficking and tillage. The equipment required little to no preventive maintenance in order to process and that leaves room for a high level of productivity for the farmers. There are two sets of tires leaving six individual lanes of ground of efficient farming and yielding of the cotton crops. Axle spacers are installed in order to compensate the loss of axle length and therefore improve the suspension life of the vehicle. The thickness of the axle spacers depends upon the height required between the ground and the working body of the equipment. In between the front suspension and the axle shaft, axle spacers are installed in order to maintain the balance in movement of the suspension and overall travel of the axle. The thickness provides sustenance to the chassis of John Deere 7760. The use of right axle can help compensate for the probable wear and tear that can occur in the axle due to increase velocity during operations. The axles are made of high durability material and an increased resistance to friction and other side-affects of high tensions developed among the equipment parts during operations.