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Titan talks trends

04/30/2012 @ 9:50am

Six flat tires. Three words that farmers simply don’t want to hear when it’s time to plant crops. Time is money and farmers can’t afford to be out of commission because of one flat tire let alone six. It’s a problem Mark Dimit faced in 2010 on his John Deere 1790 planter.

The Grinnell, Iowa farmer was frustrated and at a loss on how to correct the problem. 

“We talked to John Deere several times about stubble damage to the planter tires in just one season of use,” says Dimit. “We even tried other brands of tires, but nothing worked.”

“Tougher hybrids, increased exposure, weather hardened stalks, height of stalks, angle of stalks, and driving on the rows all contribute to stubble damage on tires,” says Scott Sloan, Product Engineering Manager for Titan.

Sloan adds that stubble damage used to be between the lugs but now it’s actually driving through the face of the lug. And it’s not just a Titan problem. Every tire manufacturer is dealing with this issue.
Coming up with a solution is not easy.

“We’re looking at new tread compounds but making a tire too hard causes problems, too,” notes Sloan.

Yet when Dimit approached Titan looking for answers, they delivered a Stubble Guard Tire with Kevlar. 

“I talked to a representative from Titan about the stubble damage issue,” Dimit recalls. “He told me that they were building prototype tires that they would be placing in the field to test against stubble, and they asked if I would like to try some. We did, and they are awesome! We planted 4,100 acres of corn and beans this Spring, on mostly no-till ground, and no flat tires, no down time and no stubble damage.”

But this type of technology comes at a price.

“These tires are about 41% more in cost,” says Skip Sagar, Titan Regional Sales Manager.

However, it’s a cost producers like Dimit are willing to bear in order to keep their equipment running.

If you’d like to learn more about these tires, call 800/USA-BEAR and ask for Linda. You can also visit Titan on the Web at www.titan-intl.com.

IF/VF TECHNOLOGY

Another area of concern for growers is soil compaction.

“Compaction is an issue in this business. Farmers are paying attention to it because that relates to yield,” says Jay Ogden, Titan Tire Technology Manager. “We’re heading more and more toward high flotation – IF/VF – which really just means that you’re having lower inflation on higher loads. Bigger tires, lower inflation, less soil compaction – it’s the way the industry is moving.”

Look for future updates from Titan as they become available.

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