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Tire guru Michael Vandel Michelin Ag demonstrates how tires can mitigate soil compaction caused by the weight of farm equipment
<p> Tire guru Michael Vandel, Michelin Ag, demonstrates how tires can mitigate soil compaction caused by the weight of farm equipment.</p>

2012 Farm Progress preview: New tires from Michelin and Titan

With the Farm Progress Show only a week away, companies already are sending us previews of what we can expect to see on the show grounds in Boone, Iowa. Tire companies, for example, will exhibit new tires designed with increased flex. The technology enables tires to spread the weight of machinery over more ground to minimize the pressure that causes soil compaction.

Here’s a sampling of the new tires you’ll see, just in time for harvest:

Michelin North America will showcase a new line of high-flex radials, classified as IF (increased flexion) and VF (very high flexion). The company has been marketing the flex technology since 2005, starting with its Axiobib radial for high-horsepower tractors, followed by the SprayBib radial for self-propelled sprayers, and most recently last spring, the CerexBib for combines. Next week, show-goers will have the chance to see the fourth VF-class tire, the Michelin YieldBib radial. The company will equip a Case IH 315 Magnum tractor with VF tires on one side and standard radials on the other side to demonstrate how these tires, including a new one to be unveiled, can distribute the weight of implements to put less pressure on the soil. Visit

Titan Tire plans to introduce a new product line called the Optitrac Increased Flexion (IF) tire. The product line will include three new tires that will be on display at the show. Visit

Next up for our Farm Progress Preview: What’s coming from Deere, Case IH, and New Holland.


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