Call into any Tyreright Service Centre or buy online and this one stop tyre retailer will keep you moving from soil to silo
Established in 2011, Tyreright has strong credentials to be called the leading tyre retailer for farmers as it’s backed by the National Tyre & Wheel Group (NTAW), Australasia’s largest tyre, wheel and accessory wholesaler.
With access to the largest selection of tyres available for tractors, all farm vehicles and implements and heavy earthmoving equipment, Tyreright also has you covered for cars, 4x4s, trucks, buses, and forklifts to ATV and OTR.
The extensive range offered includes tyres for every budget, operation and condition you can think of and there is always a tread pattern and size readily available to suit every sort of vehicle and application from Tyreright Service Centres across all states and territories.
These stores understand the urgency that can be attached to working life on a farm, and are often positioned in regional locations nearby, ready to ensure everything continues to run smoothly for your business.
NTAW is the exclusive import agent for some of the world’s best tyres including Alliance, Mitas, Advance, Kenda, Bushmate, Double Coin, GT Radial, Radar Tyres, Tracmax and more.
Tyreright ensures only Australian Standards-approved tyres are sold and every tyre comes with the best manufacture warranties, in some cases up to 10 years.
Tyreright’s country-wide network of dealers also offer comprehensive advice based on years of knowledge and experience. Its regional operators are passionate about providing personalised customer service.
Connection and community are important. That’s why they take the time to get to know you and your requirements, and ensure you get the right tyres for every paddock based need.
Confirming the strong interest Tyreright has in supplying the right tyres for farm operations, they offer some expert advice on avoiding tyres that cause unnecessary ruts and grooves around paddocks.
The right tyres avoid paddock ruts
Paddock ruts caused by ill-fitted tyres can create a plethora of issues for farmers – they increase wear and tear on equipment, reduce operator comfort, and can cause unnecessary soil compaction.
Furthermore, water can create channels and result in the erosion of valuable soil. And if you want further compelling reasons to control ruts, a US university found paddock ruts led to a 17% decrease in yield comparisons.
Tyreright takes a look at the best way to avoid ruts by mitigating the issues that cause them in the first place.
Nine tips to minimise paddock ruts
- Avoid Saturated Soils. Wet soil is more susceptible to rutting than dry soil. If possible, keep farm equipment off paddocks when saturated (i.e., when all the soil’s pores are filled with water). Saturated paddocks are more vulnerable to heavy equipment damaging soil structure and decreasing pore space. There are a variety of soil types, and some are more prone to rutting than others. Generally, heavier soils like clay and loam compact more easily than light soils such as sand. Know the soil type, how prone it is to rutting and act accordingly.
- Test the Soil. While many farmers use the “step test”- that is, they step into the paddock and if they don’t sink up to their ankles, will try to get working – a few better methods for assessing soil moisture conditions are the:
Ball test: collect soil from an area between ruts and mould it into a ball. Throw the ball in the air. If the ball stays intact until it hits the ground, the paddock is too wet for equipment.
Ribbon test: take a soil sample from an area between ruts and squeeze/shape it into a ribbon. If the ribbon extends beyond 5 to 8cm before breaking, the soil is too wet for equipment.
- Build Healthy Soil. The healthier the soil, the more resistant it is to rutting. Healthy soil benefits from better infiltration of water, faster drainage, and stronger structure – ultimately allowing healthy fields to dry faster and stand up to heavy equipment better.
- Control Traffic. Creating dedicated traffic lanes won’t eliminate ruts, but it is a popular strategy for controlling them – it limits them to particular areas and keeps wheel traffic away from less-disturbed soils. Many farmers, both in Australia and Europe size all their equipment to follow the same wheel tracks (tramlines) in an effort to concentrate traffic.
- Reduce Heavy Loads. If a paddock is wet, consider reducing max load by not topping off combines and carts to help protect at-risk soil and preserve future yield.
- Take Advantage of Low-Pressure Tyres. Radial tyres are able to operate at lower inflation pressure and produce a wider footprint than bias tyres – enabling them to provide more traction and spread the weight of heavy equipment over a larger area to reduce the odds of creating ruts. VF tyres offer even more of an advantage, as they’re able to operate at up to 40% less inflation pressure than a conventional radial while carrying the same load as a conventional radial.
To harness the benefits of radial and VF tyres, it’s critical that they’re inflated to the proper pressure. Consult the tyre manufacturer’s speed and load tables or work with your local Tyreright store to calculate the optimal inflation pressure for your tyres.
- Benefit from Big Tyres. Outfitting your equipment with the widest possible tyres is another strategy for minimising paddock ruts. OEMs sell optional wider tyre and wheel packages which help better disperse the weight of equipment and reduce the chances of creating ruts – investing in them can help with everything from increasing traction and lowering fuel costs to reducing the amount of time spent fixing damage.
- Ditch the Duals. Replacing dual-tyre setups on wagons and trucks with high-load, low-inflation pressure tyres is another proven strategy for reducing rutting.
- Drainage and Tiling. Creating drainage is an option for places that always seem to stay wet. Digging drainage ditches and installing tile are two popular solutions for rerouting water, keeping paddocks dry, and controlling ruts.
Contact Tyreright, your local tyre experts to learn more about Alliance Agriflex IF/VF tyres and to discuss tyres that are right for your farming operation. Get free quotes or arrange on-farm paddock tyre services today.