Soil Compaction and a Devastating Disease Affecting Soybeans

One of the hardest decisions facing today’s farmers is deciding when to do what is right for the farm of today, and when to do what is right for the farm of the future. With a wet fall this year, many farmers have had to make hard decisions about getting into the fields and harvesting this year’s crop, while taking into consideration the impact bringing their machines into wet fields will have on next season's harvest.


A recent article in Corn and Soybean Digest points out that farmers this year may be paying for past decisions with the widespread late-season appearance of sudden death syndrome (SDS) in the soybean crop. According to the article, a cold spell following planting last year resulted in cool, wet soils, which led to soil compaction. It’s that soil compaction that is contributing to the rash of SDS plaguing farmers this year.  

As the famous quote says, “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Facing the same challenging conditions as last year, many farmers now find themselves asking the difficult question of whether to get into the field or wait it out once again this year.

Thankfully for farmers, companies are hard at work solving the real problems facing farmers in the field. Throughout our flotation and IF/VF tire lines, farmers will find tires designed to operate in wet fields while minimizing their impact on them. Our flotation tires are designed to work on a multitude of machines and implements while providing them with a high load capacity, but low ground pressure—a combination perfect for minimizing soil damage! Our industry-leading selection of steel-belted IF/VF tires allows farmers to run their tires at a lower pressure, creating a larger footprint, and minimizing the damage done to sensitive terrain.

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Whether it’s a floatation or an IF/VF, we have the right tire to fit your needs and solve the real issues facing you in the field. Contact your local tire dealer today to find out how we can help you, and to get outfitted with a tire that addresses the challenges facing your operation.