An in-depth study into the impact of traffic and tillage on soil compaction has found agricultural machinery running low pressure Michelin Ultraflex Technology tyres could boost farmers’ yields by 4 per cent, helping to ‘feed the world’ for years to come. Harper Adams University – a specialist provider of higher education for the agricultural and rural sector – has been leading the investigation, utilising one site at its campus in Newport and another site in the USA in conjunction with the University of Illinois.
Britain’s first farmer to specify a tractor on Michelin’s new AxioBib 2 tyres states that he is “noticing the benefits” of the Ultraflex technology fitments after 300 hours of operation. Michelin Exelagri dealer Tanvic Tyre and Service Centre in Newark fit Sherwood Farms’ Fendt 724 with AxioBib 2s to help improve efficiency and increase soil protection.
Dorset-based agricultural contractor, Bernard Cox Ltd is replacing one Michelin CargoXBib for another after the tyre registered five years’ service. The contractor, which works mainly on arable and grassland contracts in the Dorchester area, specified the CargoXBib 560/60 R 22.5s as original equipment on a fleet of new trailers. The tyres are now being replaced as the tread has worn sufficiently due to the intensive work they have undertaken.