Tiago P. da S. Correia, Francisco Faggion and Claudio A. B. Franz
A modern alternative to reduce the effects of soil compaction by intensive agricultural machine traffic is the adoption of controlled machine traffic. The objective of this work was to implement and evaluate the effects of machine traffic control on grain crops in the Brazilian central plateau region. The work, carried out in farms of the Directed Settlement Program of the Federal District (PAD/DF), counted on researchers from the University of Brasília, Embrapa Cerrados, farmers and manufacturers of agricultural machinery. Given the experiences obtained, it can be reported that producers have a real need and interest in adopting control of machine traffic, driven by the high cost of compaction of soils to productivity and scarification. It is conclusive that implementing the technology has restrictive obstacles mainly referring to the adjustment of the gauge of tractors, harvesters and pulverized, not to mention multiple work widths between implements and accurate global positioning systems for the machines – items with little or no possibility of changes.
Compaction, Agricultural Mechanization, Controlled Traffic