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Farmers warned to tread carefully on wet soil

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Tread carefully on wet soil

  • Incorrect tyre pressure can lead to severe soil and tyre damage
  • Wet or waterlogged fields force farmers to change tyre pressure accordingly
  • Continental’s Agriculture TyreTech-App helps farmers to choose the right tyre pressure

Extreme weather conditions, melted snow and heavy rainfall can leave fields extremely wet or waterlogged. Farmers are being advised to adjust heavy machinery tyre pressures or they risk causing compaction and irreparable damage in wet conditions. Continental’s Agriculture TyreTech-App helps farmers to choose the correct pressure for their Continental tyres according to daily farming operations and ground conditions. 

 

Farmers should be looking to set the lowest possible pressures for field work. Severe wet and rainy winter can waterlog many fields which might take weeks or months to dry out fully.

Richard Hutchins, Agricultural tyre specialist, Continental Tyre Group Ltd UK on the latest ongoing rainfalls in the UK
 

Incorrect tyre pressure can cause severe damage to ground and tyre

After the rainy winter, many fields are still wet and waterlogged, and it may take months for them to fully dry out. Farmers should ideally choose a particularly low tyre pressure for their field work in order to avoid long-term damage to their soil. If the use of heavy machinery for cultivation or sowing cannot be avoided, farmers can reduce the risk of soil compaction by choosing the right tyre pressure.

 

Agriculture TyreTech-App: Selecting the right pressure for all ground conditions

Establishing the load of the vehicle is critical to establishing the correct tyre pressure. Technical data sheets are available from most major manufacturer websites, but Continental has also introduced a new mobile app. Using a database of all available Continental tyres, the app cross references the properties of the tyre with the load of the vehicle and recommends the best tyre pressure. This allows farmers in the field to see instantaneously what pressure their tyres should have with the respective axle load of their machine. The Agriculture TyreTech-App is now available for iOS and Android.

Adjusting the pressure of a tyre changes the footprint and allows the weight of the vehicle to be spread over a larger surface area. When the tyre pressure is reduced in wet conditions, the driver achieves greater grip and can work more efficiently. The tyres also have significantly less rolling resistance, which reduces the risk of soil compaction.

 


 

Continental invests in agriculture-focused research

The correct pressure for tractor tyres is dependent on the load and speed necessary to carry out the required task. Not using the correct pressure is a major cause of soil compaction. It can also damage the tyre, slow down the operating speed and increase fuel consumption. Concerns about soil health can be partially addressed by the correct use of machinery and tools to prevent soil compaction. To meet the daily challenges faced by farmers, Continental has invested £2.5 million in an agriculture-focused research and evaluation centre.