CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FARMING – AREA OF INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN COTTON FARMING
In order to get crops of low cost and high productivity, Australian crop farming market is being inclined towards mechanization of the farming processes. The increased efficiency of the equipment being used contributes to greater work rates achieved during the harvesting, picking and other farming procedures. The problem that occurs mostly is of tillage and traffic, which can largely be overcome by controlled traffic farming. The idea is new and the usage is still rare irrespective of the proved benefits.
Now the question arises: what is controlled farming and what exactly are its benefits to the yielding of crops? Well, in controlled traffic farming, the driving wheels of the equipment are limited to tracks that are designed to accommodate the wheel width and weight during processing. The middle ground between the wheels of the equipment are used solely for optimum cropping and trafficability. Controlled traffic farming aids the independence of uncompromised yielding of crops and the damages formed due to the wheels of the equipment working on the field. Following are some of the outstanding benefits of controlled traffic farming, witnessed bu the Australian farmers:
Significant reduction in soil degradation.
Lesser energy requirement for crop yielding.
Higher productivity with greater quality retention in crops.
Economically viable with greater expected rate of returns.
john deere 7760
The concept of controlled traffic farming is primarily translated into John Deere 7760 cotton plucking machine by the efficient installation of axle spacers. The 7760-monster picker is low maintenance and reliable device in terms of high productivity and lesser production loss. Here, two set of wheels are aligned in a row leaving six rows of cultivating land between for efficient growth of the cotton crops. The equipment itself is highly credible for hassle free crop yielding and other designated functions, but after installation of vehicle suspension life, a pair of axle spacers are added to compensate the probable loss of axle length. The axle installed are specially engineered to have the required thickness in order to serve the purpose. The spacers are installed between axle shaft and the front suspensions, maintaining balance in the movement of suspension and travel of the axle. The thickness provides longer life to the chassis of the John Deere 7760. The increased velocity of the vehicle gives high probability of wear and tear to the axle which is compensated by the axle spacers and their thickness. The controlled traffic farming purpose is achieved by the use of axle spacers in John Deere 7760. The axle spacers usually require little to no preventive maintenance and with close eye to the performance, can last a significant amount of time for serving the purpose.