24 July 2002

Tyre pressure damage

DAMAGE to root crops at harvest could be cut by checking tyre settings and pressures.

Pressure deflection from tyres is a significant cause of root crop damage, particularly where trailers are used along unharvested rows, says consultant Bob Bradley.

"Often, the weight of the equipment is being deflected from sidewalls of tyres and into soil ridges or beds and not just down through the tyre footprint," he warns. "In a potato crop that is likely to increase damage such as scuffing, bruising or even splitting of tubers."

He urges producers to check front and rear tyres are set at appropriate widths and that pressures are in line with manufacturer recommendations. &#42