Your tire selection will help you improve the productivity on your farm

Most farmers don’t realize the impact the tires can have on the productivity of the farm. They will look and spend time on the selection of the tractor and its various attachments and trailers, but very limited time will be spent on tire selection and often it is a very arbitrary decision. It turns out that tires actually have a big impact; they make sure to translate the performance of the tractor to the work that needs to be performed. With bad quality agriculture tires or wrong tire selection, you can find yourself in situations where you have no grip in the conditions where you need to work, or very high wear while driving on-road between work sites while doing contract work. This can skew the whole productivity and cost curve for your operation.

Wrong choice of tires can also impact the yield, as driving on the field will cause the soil to compact, with a negative impact on the yield. There is however no way around driving on the fields, so the trick is to minimize the impact. This is best achieved by using flotation tires that have a lower surface pressure and cause less compaction. This means that also the agricultural trailer tires should be of flotation type, to ensure lower soil compaction and higher yield.

For tires it is also important to figure out how much of the driving will be on the field versus on the road, as road will wear the tires more and if you select a tire that is not optimized for on the road transportation, you will wear out the tires prematurely. The tires should also have low rolling resistance to make sure that you don’t waste money on fuel as they will be more fuel efficient.

It is always recommended that you will check the tires tread depth on a regular basis, to make sure that you know when to change tires. The same goes for cleaning and checking the tires to make sure that you early detect any tire related problems such as cracks or cuts. Finding problems during a regular tire maintenance and acting proactively in terms of fixing or changing the tires will save money versus having unscheduled breakdowns and emergency repairs. This is also a safety issue.For more info regarding agricultural tires, visit: www.nokianheavytyres.com