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Jeep Tires on Anhydrous Wagon Let You Apply Over Bigger Corn

Dealer sees other advantages to the change.

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

April 9, 2010

2 Min Read

When corn kept growing and rains kept falling in Greene County and other surrounding counties in southwestern Indiana last spring, Bill Fuller decided it was time to get creative. The manager of the Crop Production Services outlet at Worthington and his crew dreamed up ways to help farmers who still needed to get nitrogen on corn accomplish the task.

One of the simpler changes was switching out tires on the anhydrous wagons that farmers pull through the fields. Fuller and company decided to switch to bigger diameter tires on a number of the anhydrous wagon rigs in their fleet. "We found that told Jeep tires fit really well and did what we wanted to do," he says.

The goal was to raise the frame several inches off the ground so that the wagon would clear taller corn. While it might not seem like a few inches are a big deal, when corn is in the fast growth stage and you're trying to get nitrogen on as quickly as possible, it makes a big difference, Fuller says.

"It definitely helped some people get through corn that would have been too big to pull regular wagons over," he recalls. "Some guys were wondering how they were going to get nitrogen on. Some people didn't get any N on preplant because it was too wet. Then it stayed wet when corn should have been sidedressed.

"What this did was buy us time. It eliminated the wagon axle as a problem in breaking over corn, and helped guys get through some corn that otherwise would have been too tall for them to go through," he says,.

The bigger sized tires are staying on the wagons that Fuller and his crew switched for last year. He'll be prepared in case of another wet spring, whether it's this year or in the future. Plus, he saw another advantage.

"We actually felt like the wagons rolled better through the field," he says. "It seemed like they handled better. We're going to leave the big tires that we put on in place."

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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