October 15, 2023
No-till farming continues to grow in popularity, not only because of the time and input cost savings it provides, but also the benefits it brings to the land by preserving soil structure and improving soil health, both of which contribute to higher yields.
The challenges come when running a traditional dual-tire setup on a tractor during planting season or on a combine at harvest time. The rutting and compaction from a dual setup can be a yield killer.
Goodyear Low Sidewall Technology® (LSW®) super single tires, made by Titan, are the best flotation option: the smaller sidewall of the tire and larger rim diameter of the wheel create more flotation, improved traction and reduced compaction in the field. The combination is a perfect choice for no-till operations.
"No matter how wet the field is, we're not going to leave much more than a cleat mark" with LSW tires, said Matthew Kill, owner of Kill Agri-Services.
Kill follows no-till practices while farming several thousand acres in Ohio, and he's a big believer in Goodyear LSW tires.
He runs LSWs in his application business, and when he experienced compaction issues running duals on his combine, he switched to LSWs on the combine as well.
"Duals just didn't work for us. ... Flotation was the number-one reason why we wanted to go with LSWs on our combine," he commented. “I would highly recommend LSWs to anybody. They're reliable, they've got good road speed — they're just a good tire."
Jay Riethman of RRR Tire Service concurred. "Customers really appreciate the extra flotation, because it does better for their no-till applications. Compaction's a big yield killer. If you've got lots of compaction, you don't get near the yield out of the fields."
Matthew Kill also called out the benefits of working with a Titan Ag Specialist. "The service — you ain't gonna get it from anywhere else. They're out as soon as we need help."
Learn more about Goodyear LSW tires here.
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