Correct soil moisture and having the right tyres on your pivot is more important than you may think
With the arrival of the hottest months of the year, checking crops along with soil and paddock moisture is more crucial than ever.
Choosing the most suitable irrigation systems and having the right tools and equipment can really make the difference in guaranteeing crop and soil health.
Among the various irrigation methods, the one which certainly stands out is that of sprinkler system spraying, to simulate rainfall with reduced energy consumption.
This type of irrigation is managed through linear systems that are ideal for the irrigation of square and rectangular paddocks, and with pivots characterized by the circular movement of the irrigation system around a fixed point.
For large-scale farming the pivots consist of a pyramid support tower placed at one end of the spans, that supplements the hydraulic supply.
In addition, these are mobile systems fitted with special dedicated tyres that guarantee the correct manoeuvrability of the structure: that is why choosing the equipment for this application is so essential in guaranteeing the correct soil moisture.
Suitable tyres for pivots must first of all guarantee good traction on wet ground: this means guaranteeing good meshing of the soil and consequently good self-cleaning properties.
Flexibility and versatility are two more essential characteristics for tyres used for this application.
The tyres must offer good performance in any movement on the road, during transport of the equipment used for irrigation.
The compounds used to make the tyres for irrigation must also withstand work conditions in which there is a constant shift from dry to wet and hot soil. All factors which further age tyres used for this application.
To meet these challenges, BKT has developed tyre solutions to fit pivot irrigation systems.
For this application BKT is offering a radial and two bias tyre lines.
These tyres share excellent self-cleaning properties, due to the dedicated casing designed to increase traction and to improve performance on the road during any movement of the equipment.
BKT’s AGRIMAX RI 818 opens the range, a radial tyre currently available in two sizes: 280/85 R 24 and 320/85 R 38.
These tyres have a tread that satisfies all the requirements for traction in all conditions and for self-cleaning.
It’s the same functions also for BKT’s TR 117, a standard tyre that is specific for irrigation applications with a central pivot, available in four sizes: 11.2 – 24, 13.6 – 24, 14.9 – 24 and 11.2 – 38.
BKT also offers the TR 118 that was developed specifically for irrigation machinery. As well as guaranteeing a high level of traction, this tyre stands out for its prolonged life cycle, made possible by the super-resistant casing that contains a layer of reinforced elements. It is available in the 14.9 – 24 size.
Find out more about the BKT tyre range on 1800 982 466.