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Tire Tread Pattern
Implement tires are the workhorses in the field. They carry heavy planters, tillage tools, and other machines, but can also create soil compaction issues.
Brad Harris is the manager of global field engineering for Firestone Ag. He says this past fall they introduced a line of “destination turf” radial implement tires.
"These tires are implement tires primarily focused on no-till drills and seeder equipment that need to have more of a bar or button pattern associated with it, so when we’re planting, we can get good ground engagement to keep that tire rolling through the field," says Harris.
Harris says they’re expanding their line of AD-2 line of implement tires, and their regular ag tires in R-1 and R-1-W tread depths. They’re moving standard radials to these new technologies, which means less compaction of the soil.
"With the newer technologies, with the AD-2 technology, yes. We’re going to be able to carry more load with the same or even less inflation pressure, and being able to run the lowest allowable inflation pressure, that’s going to do the least amount of damage to the soil when we get into the wet conditions," he says. "Being able to run that minimum inflation pressure to carry the load is going to give us out biggest footprint and do less compaction in the soil."
New planting technology has helped some crops withstand wind damage and other factors that can causes losses. But stronger stalks and stubble wreak havoc on agricultural implement tires.
The new tread design also deflects stubble and has larger lugs to absorb more damage.
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