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Tyres Combating Soil Compaction on Show at National Fieldays

20 February, 2016

With the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek only weeks away, TRS Tyre & Wheel will be showcasing new tyres to combat soil compaction from leading Tyre manufacturers BKT and Michelin, on site number B53.

The evolution of farming has led to larger farms, increasingly powerful machinery and a sharp focus on productivity. With larger and more powerful machinery, comes increased machine weight and the potential for increased damage to soil as a result. Increasing load per axle means greater pressure on the ground, which compacts the soil, reducing soil aeration and water absorption. Compaction disrupts crop growth, thus reducing yield.

MICHELIN Ultraflex Technology provides a response to the dual challenge of supporting developments in farm machinery to enhance productivity while also preserving the soil. Michelin provides a range of Ultraflex Technology tyres covering every stage of the crop cycle. Capable of operating at low pressure while supporting more load and more speed, they also offer better traction, which in turn improves productivity in the field and boosting crop yields.

On show will be both the Michelin XeoBib and Yieldbib tyres which are integrated with Michelin’s Ultraflex Technology making it possible to carry heavier loads at low pressure (less than 1 bar). The latest addition to the Ultraflex range in New Zealand is the Yieldbib which offers superior benefits for the cropping industry.  Illustratiing this is the MICHELIN SprayBib and its Ultraflex technology which offers 40% more load capacity with 43% less pressure than a conventional tyre.

“Increasingly farmers find themselves under increasing pressure to be as efficient as possible and are well aware of soil compaction and the negative effect it has on their productivity. This is where Michelin’s Ultraflex technology is playing a strong part in the evolution of farming practices and we are proud to be showcasing these products at the National Fieldays” said Andrew Gillam, TRS Sales and Marketing Manager. 

BKT, NZ’s largest selling agricultural tyre brand, has also developed a new range of IF (increased flexibility) tyres to combat the issue of soil compaction. The impressive new BKT Agrimax Fortis was created in order to equip the most modern high-powered tractors that are used daily in the fields for transporting heavy loads as well as seeding, processing, working and treating the soil. It is able to support and carry heavy loads at lower inflation pressure compared to a standard tyre. A feature, when coupled with its wide tread footprint, allows for the even distribution of weight on the ground without damaging the soil.

TRS are the sole authorised distributors for both the full BKT range and the Michelin agricultural range and are NZ’s largest importer and distributor of agricultural & industrial tyres and wheels. Come and visit the team at the National Fieldays on site number B53 for specialist advice or call 0800 336334.

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