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Slideshow: Tracks and tires keep advancing. Here are a few new ideas.

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There’s a common denominator on most tractors and combines — the machine-to-ground interface. These days, that can be tires or tracks, and there are innovations happening in both areas.

For tires, the rise of high-flex tires also brings a new look to the tread on those tires. You’ll also find a range of tire innovations in terms of tread shape and even hybrid looks to provide added performance.

For tracks, speed is a new goal. Losing speed on a machine just to get the other benefits of tracks may not be enough for some producers. Getting better road speeds can boost productivity — especially on larger machines, where idle time is costly.

Check out this roundup of new tires and tracks to get a glimpse of the innovations that are happening in this market segment.

About the Author(s)

Austin Keating

Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer

Austin Keating is the newest addition to the Farm Progress editorial team working as an associate editor for Prairie Farmer magazine. Austin was born and raised in Mattoon and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism. Following graduation in 2016, he worked as a science writer and videographer for the university’s supercomputing center. In June 2018, Austin obtained a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he was the campus correspondent for Planet Forward and a Comer scholar.

Austin is passionate about distilling agricultural science as a service for readers and creating engaging content for viewers. During his time at UI, he won two best feature story awards from the student organization JAMS — Journalism Advertising and Media Students — as well as a best news story award.

Austin lives in Charleston. He can sometimes be found at his family’s restaurant the Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon in Mattoon, or on the Embarrass River kayaking. Austin is also a 3D printing and modeling hobbyist.

Willie Vogt

Executive Director, Content and User Engagement, Farm Progress

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