Adjusting Tyre Pressures for Wet Conditions Crucial to Prevent Soil Compaction, Says Continental

Extreme weather conditions, including a wet start to the green harvest season following a dry winter, have left grassland vulnerable to compaction caused by over-pressurised tyres. In light of this, Continental, a leading manufacturer of agricultural tyres, advises farmers and industry professionals on the importance of adjusting tyre pressures to mitigate soil compaction and protect future harvest yields.

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May 24, 2023

According to Tom Godwin from Continental, operating heavy machinery such as tractors with triple mowers or forage harvesters on soft soils can lead to irreparable soil and sward damage. To combat this issue, Godwin emphasises the significance of referring to manufacturer data to set pressures that are better suited to ground conditions. The excessive spring rain has resulted in longer and wetter crops, which further increases the risk of soil compaction. The potential damage incurred during the first and second cuts could lead to yield reductions, particularly in multi-cut systems.

One of the key solutions highlighted by Godwin is adjusting tyre pressure, which alters the tyre's footprint and spreads the weight of the vehicle over a larger surface area. By lowering the tyre pressure in wet conditions, operators can achieve greater grip, improve operational efficiency, and reduce resistance during travel, thereby decreasing the risk of soil compaction and enhancing fuel efficiency.

To establish the correct tyre pressure, understanding the load of the vehicle is critical. While technical data sheets are available from most major manufacturer websites, Continental has gone a step further by introducing the user-friendly "Agriculture TyreTech" mobile app, compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Leveraging a comprehensive database of all available Continental tyres, the app cross-references tyre properties with the vehicle's load to recommend the optimal tyre pressure for a given scenario. Farmers can conveniently access this information in the field, ensuring they maintain the appropriate pressure based on their machine's axle load.

Farmers operating on soft soils can also benefit from Continental's VF (Very High Flexion) tyres, which allow for a 40% lower pressure than standard radial tyres. Furthermore, the introduction of new hybrid block pattern tyres caters specifically to grassland work, presenting a more suitable option for farmers seeking to mitigate the impact of heavy machinery on delicate soil conditions.

Continental's commitment to reducing soil compaction and improving machinery's operational efficiency is evident through substantial investments in new tyre technologies. Recognizing the vital role of adjusting tyre pressure to suit ground conditions, the company aims to safeguard soil health and ensure the success of future harvests.

Continental's Agriculture TireTech-App offers a practical and accessible tool for farmers, providing instant guidance on tyre pressure recommendations based on the specific load requirements of their machinery. By implementing appropriate measures, farmers can protect their soil, enhance operational efficiency, and contribute to sustainable agricultural practices.

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