How often should you check tire pressure and why does it matter?

You could be risking your soil health, crop yield and operating efficiency By Madeleine BaergPublished: April 28, 2020 Features, Machinery and Shop Quick quiz: when was the last time you checked your equipment’s tire pressure? Very few farmers manage the recommended weekly tire pressure checks; even fewer meet the ideal of a daily pressure check. The result? Tire experts agree that almost all western...

Compaction a growing concern

Innovative technology to prevent compaction is particularly relevant as we inch towards the close of a wet harvest season  Nov 21, 2019 By Jackie ClarkStaff WriterFarms.com Across much of Ontario, the 2019 growing season was bookended by wet, sloppy soil conditions. As a result, some farmers are dealing with soil compaction. “Compaction has two main components: moisture and weight,” Jake Kraayenbrink,...

Canadian farmer invents tyre pressure system to help soil health

Farmers Weekly, Richard Allison, September 12, 2019. Ontario farmer Jake Kraayenbrink has invented his own auto-inflation system to keep tyres at the optimum pressure, lowering the risk of soil damage. It just takes him a few seconds to change the tyre pressures on his tractor and 24t twin-axle slurry tanker, ready to tread lightly across the field. High tyre pressures...

Keeping Compaction at Bay in 2019!

Published in Ontario Farmer June 4th, 2019. Authors Ian McDonald and Alex Barrie, OMAFRA and Peter Johnson, RealAgriculture Authors Ian McDonald and Alex Barrie, OMAFRA and Peter Johnson, RealAgriculture It’s hard to put any more adjectives to the frustration of this springs weather. In 2019 “all bets are off” on what is the right thing to do in terms of...

Engineers study machine-related soil compaction

Ontario team working to establish tire inflation guidelines By Scott Garvey (Machinery Editor) Published: November 29, 2018 It wasn’t all that long ago that many agronomists in Canada weren’t even willing to concede soil compaction might be a problem. The freeze-thaw cycle, many argued, significantly mitigated it. But now with more available data and new thinking, most seem to agree that the...

AgriBrink introduces an auto-inflation system

Aftermarket system allows for auto tire inflation from the cab By Scott GarveyMachinery EditorPublished: November 29, 2018 Equipment, Machinery and Shop That big, new aircart that recently arrived on the farm has the widest available radial tires on it, so there’s no need to think about soil compaction, right? Wrong. Choosing the right rubber is only the first step in ensuring equipment does the...

Making technology work for healthier soil

Farmers have to make decisions on which soil-health technologies they want to adopt By Lois Harris Published: November 22, 2018  Building and maintaining soil health increasingly involves technology. The challenge for farmers is deciding which approach they invest in to monitor and maintain their soil health. Three different approaches using technology to solve soil health problems were presented at the Grey County’s...

Does treading lightly grow more?

Published: July 12, 2018 An Agribrink hydraulically driven compressor with a tank feeds the company’s central inflation gear. A gate at each tire valve will drop the air independently, making it one of the fastest in the marketplace at moving from road to field. | Agribrink photo Putting big shoes on little feet can help spread out the weight of...

Compaction action

Compaction action TAKING DEEPER CARE OF THE SOIL March 2018 Joey Sabljic TED TAYLOR EXPLAINS THE EFFECTS OF COMPACTION ON THE SOIL AND SUBSOIL. IF YOU’RE CAREFUL about keeping your fully-loaded sprayer out of wet spots and not leaving big ruts, then it’s not doing any real damage, right? Not quite. In fact, the damage and long-term effects caused by...