is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist

New track products for 2019

What’s New From the Shows: The interest in tracks for better flotation continues.

By Farm Progress staff

Ever since growers and companies realized in the 1980s that soil compaction was not only real, but also costing bushels and dollars, there has been a search for a solution. Several people have latched on to tracks vs. tires for tractors, combines, grain carts and even planters to help provide more flotation, spread out the footprint and hopefully cause less deep-soil compaction. Deep soil compaction is the toughest kind to correct and prevent from reoccurring.

Major companies today offer machinery on tracks, but short-line companies offer tracks, as well. Some are designed for tractors or combines. Others are for specialized uses.

Two new offerings displayed at recent farm shows were for grain carts. In addition, J&M exhibited the largest grain cart with the highest bushel capacity at the current time in the industry. It was shown on a large set of long tracks designed to help provide flotation and spread the weight over a larger footprint compared to tires.

Proving anything when it comes to soil compaction is difficult, notes Gary Steinhardt, a Purdue University Extension soil specialist. He has worked on proving possible damaging effects of soil compaction since the early 1980s and was one of the first to get farmers to recognize that some of the uneven corn growth they were seeing at that time was caused by soil compaction. He was one of the first to coin the phrase “tall corn, short-corn syndrome” that describes how corn growing in a compacted field may appear.

Many people believe tracks are a solid option to help minimize soil compaction. They now have even more products to choose from.

To see some of these latest track offerings, check out the slideshow.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish