AGCO Crop Tour Field Report #2: Tire Pressure and Crop Height

AGCO Corporation | August 20, 2020

AGCO Crop Tour Field Report #2: Tire Pressure and Crop Height
AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and solutions, has released the second 2020 Fendt®  Momentum® Crop Tour field update. This update reports AGCO agronomists’ observations of tire-track compaction on plant growth. Soil compaction caused by wheel traffic is an increasing concern among farmers, especially due to the weight of high-capacity, central-fill planters on the center transport wheels. Several studies have documented plant height reductions caused by compaction, which restricts root growth, limits nutrient and water uptake and ultimately lowers yield. For example, researchers at Penn State1 reported that tires inflated to 100 pounds per square inch created compaction that reduced corn plant height at six weeks after planting by 21% compared to the control (no compaction), reducing grain yield by 11%. See Figure 1. In contrast, the researchers noted that flotation-style tires inflated to 36 psi “helped to reduce the effect of compaction on plant growth” to the extent that the crop height in that treatment was near that of the control.

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