Agronomy Tip: Avoid Overloading Tires to Avoid Soil Compaction

Brad Harris, Manager of Global Agricultural Field Engineering at Firestone Ag, says in advance of planting season, consider how your planter setup could cause compaction.

“A lot of farmers put various types of row cleaners and fertilizer systems on planters or tanks on tractors to carry starter fertilizers. But every time you start adding that extra weight, you need more inflation pressure in the tires to carry that load. So, while it may look like a good idea to put 3,000 gallons of fertilizer hanging on the side of our tractor in saddle tanks, it may be a better system to pull a cart behind the planter. That setup will carry that liquid fertilizer without overloading the tires on the tractor and will minimize the amount of compaction on into the soil.”

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