Today’s farm budgets have tightened and made the line between success and failure razor thin. With rising costs and weaker commodity prices, maximizing your resources and dialing in your efficiencies are key to survival. One of the simplest and possibly least expensive ways to increase an operation’s efficiency is to make smarter, more informed choices when selecting tires.
Watch this testimonial from Shawn Adam, from Adam Valley View Farms in Batavia, IA, about the importance of having the right tires.
Making a Connection
It’s hard to believe that tires can have any kind of impact on farm profits. When you consider, however, that they serve as the sole connector between farm machinery and the soil, it’s easier to consider that a tire’s impact could be massive. Because of a tire's relationship between equipment and the earth, they influence everything from machine efficiency, traction, and fuel economy to soil health. Tires even affect less-apparent issues of the farm, such as operator fatigue, which can in turn sway an operation’s productivity and health costs.
Make the Most of your Machine
Using increasingly large and powerful machinery, today’s farmers cover more ground in less time than ever before.
Tires are the key link in this equation. Not only do they allow equipment to go faster than ever, they also turn horsepower into pulling power. After all, an increase in a machine’s power is useless if it isn't able to transmit to the ground.
In fact, if you’re not fully using the machine’s horsepower, you're burning more fuel, getting less done, and ultimately costing yourself money. High-tech tires, like Alliance’s AgriFlex line of IF/VF tires, help farmers increase traction and fuel-efficiency in the field while also allow operators to travel safely at high speeds on the road—all of which add up to increased productivity!
Reduce harmful Impacts on the Soil
Tires are not only important for helping machines reach their potential, but also ensuring that your crop reaches its potential as well. Today's best tires are engineered to minimize the impact of the massively heavy, high-horsepower machines found on modern farms. That's a vital job, since soil compaction is linked to lower yields.
Tires like those in ATG’s AgriFlex line allow farmers to operate equipment at lower tire pressures, which increases the tire’s footprint and distributes the weight of the machine over a larger area, minimizing soil compaction. Seeing that compaction can last for years in the soil, the right set of tires can have a long-lasting impact on a farm’s productivity.
Make the Little Things Add Up
When faced with narrow margins, little advantages add up to big benefits quickly—and these days, operational efficiency is almost as important as yield.
The right set of tires can mean getting a machine in the field a day early, allowing equipment to operate in less-than-ideal conditions with minimal impact, cutting your diesel bill, or simply keeping an operator fresh over the course of a long day (or an even longer season). But, ultimately, the right tires can make the difference between a good year and a bad year. If that isn’t a case for making sure your equipment is running on the right tires, we don’t know what is!