The weight of farm vehicles and the tyre pressures chosen are a major contributor to soil compaction. Increased axle weights, caused by heavy implements and more powerful machines, can be offset by tyres that can spread this weight.
Damage to topsoil is caused by incorrect tyre inflation, whilst compaction in subsoil is largely caused by increased axle loads. Calculating the correct pressure for load will minimise the impact farming has on both and protect our soil for the future.
We have developed the TireTech mobile app to help operators choose the correct pressure for any given load.
In the first of a series of farm tests we worked with former British Ploughing Champion Peter Alderslade and KUHN Farm Machinery to demonstrate how tyre pressure can affect soil compaction.