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Tires versus tracks: separating fact from fiction

Experts weigh in on tires, tracks and minimizing soil compaction

If conversation slows in a room full of farmers, three little words can ramp up a rowdy discussion: tracks or tires? Tracks have gained loads of attention and growing popularity over the past decade. However, does science back up their many supposed benefits, especially when it comes to minimizing soil compaction? Partial fact: Tracks produce […] Read more

Ontario-based AgriBrink offers an ultra-rapid, on-the-go tire pressure change system.

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

You could be risking your soil health, crop yield and operating efficiency

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 Canadian farmers routinely operate at damagingly incorrect p.s.i. The results are quietly costing […] Read more


“Inutitu” digital system from Nokian Heavy Tyres of Finland allows data from sensors in ag tires to relay real-time data to a smartphone app.

Now it’s “smart” tires?

Nokian Heavy Tyres adds digital tech to its Intuitu tractor tires

With the dashboards on modern pickup trucks displaying real-time tire inflation pressures, we’re used to the idea of getting that kind of data in a vehicle. But Nokian Heavy Tyres of Finland has taken that idea one step further with its Intuitu system, calling it the “first step towards digital, real-time tire management.” Rather than […] Read more

Michelin introduces the high-speed 
FloatXBib tire for spreaders.

Michelin introduces the FloatXBib

New increased flexion 
tire for SP floaters

As the size and top speed of both towed and self-propelled farm equipment grows, the demands placed on tires become ever more extreme. And manufacturers have been struggling to offer tires that meet those demands. Tires must carry heavier loads and travel much faster on roads than previous generations. “Often times on machines today, they’re […] Read more


The Nextroad commercial truck tire line debuts in Canada this year.

New truck tire brand hits the market

Nextroad brand jumps into the Canadian marketplace

Prometeon Tyre Group, the parent company of the well-known Pirelli tire brand, is introducing another name to the U.S. and Canadian markets: the Nextroad range of heavy truck tires. As an initial offering, Nextroad will produce 295/75R22.5 and 11R22.5 tire sizes. Beginning in the first quarter of 2020 it will add 11R24.5 to its portfolio. […] Read more

Titan expands its crossover tire tread offerings

Titan Tire announced the expansion of its new crossover tire line for compact tractors, the Goodyear R14T. The crossover tire, which is a hybrid of different tread patterns, is now available in 14 additional sizes to accommodate tractors all the way up to 150 horsepower. “We launched the first-of-its-kind R14T last year and have seen […] Read more


The new AxioBib 2 line of tractor tires now fits into the VF category and will 
be available for mid- to high-horsepower tractors in North America.

Michelin debuts new farm equipment tires

New CrossGrip and AxioBib 2 introduced at show

Michelin used the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, to introduce prairie farmers to two of its newest tire releases, the CrossGrip and the AxioBib 2. The CrossGrip, a tire designed for municipal operations like snow removal and mowing was one of the two new tires on display at the Michelin exhibit. “It’s […] Read more

Canadian manufacturer AgriBrink has introduced an aftermarket auto tire inflation system for ag tractors and equipment.

AgriBrink introduces an auto-inflation system

Aftermarket system allows for auto tire inflation from the cab

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 least possible damage to soil. “Big tires are great, but they’re useless […] Read more


Inventor Darcy Goossen explains the operation of his Tire Grabber attachment for skid steer and tractor loaders, during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. It can lift, rotate and position large tractor and sprayer tires during removal or installation.

Tire Grabber handles large farm equipment tires with ease

Loader attachment reduces manual effort during tire changes

Tired of handling those large sprayer and tractor tires in the farm workshop every time they need to be changed? If so, Alberta entrepreneur Darcy Goossen may have exactly the tool farmers need to avoid all that sweat and back strain. The Tire Grabber is an attachment for a skid steer or ordinary front-end loader […] Read more

Quebec-based Camso is 
now offering remanufactured 
rubber tracks as a lower-cost replacement alternative.

Camso offers remanufactured track for farm machinery

Retreaded rubber tracks and mid rollers offer lower-cost replacements

Camso, the rubber track manufacturer that sells track systems directly to both farmers and OEMs, introduced a new program in March, which involves offering farmers remanufactured replacement rubber tracks as a lower-cost alternative to buying brand new ones. The process involves applying new tread bars onto used tracks that are ready for replacement. The program […] Read more