Soil pressure and compaction: the theory
Compaction decreases as contact surface increases
When in the fields, you should keep soil pressure as low as possible in order to protect your soil. You can do this by opting for lower tyre pressure, thus increasing the tyre’s contact surface. For example, you can reduce soil compaction considerably if you use wider tyres with a larger air chamber. Tractors featuring a 650/65R38 instead of a 520/85R38 create less soil pressure.
Speed and load are decisive
Which tyres must you use, with which pressure and in which situation? This is a very frequently asked question, explains Enno Schottert: “When this happens, we ask several questions in return so we can offer a suitable answer. At what speed, and with which load, does the machine drive? If you do not work with a tyre inflation system, we must know the maximum speed and load to say which pressure you should adopt in order to reduce soil compaction.”
Tyre inflation system
If you use a tyre inflation system, you can always use your tyres in the most efficient manner. Many of our customers use this system and have positive experiences with it. You can thus drive with low tyre pressure when off the road, thus keeping soil pressure as low as possible. When you need to drive on the road, you can easily and automatically increase pressure again to optimise fuel savings and reduce wear and tear. This results in extra efficiency. Interested in a tyre inflation system? We do not supply them ourselves, but can put you in touch with a reliable supplier.