“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” - Robert Burns
Since the development and introduction of IF, then VF, tire technology nearly a decade ago, more and more farmers have been using them as a way to offset withering profits caused by low commodity prices and increasing input costs. Farmers fighting against tighter profit margins can increase their yields with high-tech tires like our AgriFlex line of IF/VF tires, and now the question begs to be asked: are IF/VF the future of farm tires?
Aug 23, 2018 1:37:03 PMLeave a Comment
Alliance Tire Americas will debut its new Alliance 398 MPT (multi-purpose tire) radial flotation tire for manure carts, tanks and feed trucks that require a combination of high flotation and high-speed road performance. The Alliance 398 MPT carries a DOT speed rating of J—62 mph or 100 km/h—making it an outstanding replacement for standard dual truck tires, according to Alliance Tire Americas National Product Manager—Agriculture James Crouch.
Due to the seasonal nature of combines and grain carts, most farmers only think about them at harvest time—and often only think about the tires on this equipment when they fail. However, because of the growing size of harvest equipment, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to tires. According to a study from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, from 2006 to 2015, the average horsepower of combines rose from 230 to 342. Over that same time, the average capacity of grain carts grew from 689 bushels to 883 bushels. Because of the massive weight and power of these machines, they're capable of creating deeper, longer-lasting compaction. Luckily, farmers can take a few measures to reduce the impact of their enormous equipment.
Jun 19, 2018 10:08:47 AMLeave a Comment
Farm tractors continue to evolve—getting larger and more powerful, for example—in order to help farmers increase operational efficiency and productivity. Although the use of massive tractors on modern farms allows for more work to be done, in less time, it has also created new challenges that threaten to negate the advantages offered by these titanic tractors. One of the most notable challenges with today’s high-horsepower tractors is power hop.