Michelin Releases New Agricultural Tires

Michelin has just launched a new set of tires built for the agricultural market. The new range is dubbed Agribib Row Crop IF (Imported Flexion) tires and will be manufactured at Michelin’s Troyes plant that is based in France.

The tires are designed to fit on self-propelled and trailered sprayers and low- to medium-horsepower row-crop tractors that range between 70ps and 182ps.

All of the Michelin tires in the range will come with the company’s Ultraflex technology. The technology improves traction and prevents the soil from undergoing compaction. It does this mostly by ensuring there’s a larger footprint.

The sidewalls are strengthened to allow the tire to operate even at lower air pressure. Michelin picked a design that maximizes soil protection and improves productivity as well as crop yield.

The company claims that the Agribib Row Crop IF will avail to farmers and contractors major benefits. Such benefits include a 20% larger ground contact area that reduces soil compaction, higher load capacity thanks to the Improved Flexion that comes as standard, and improved traction courtesy of a 14% increase in lug contact in the tread pattern. Michelin also picked a deeper R1W standard tread to aid with traction.

“Today’s sprayers have larger and larger tanks to increase productivity and reduce the number of trips a farmer has to make to refill,” commented Ludovic Labeaume, agricultural product category manager at Michelin. “To adapt to this new trend, we have developed the Michelin Agribib Row Crop IF range, which allows a heavier load capacity to be carried at the same pressure as a standard tire while having more lugs on the ground and improving traction in muddy conditions. When these tires are used on tractors that do not need an increase in load, the farmer can also work at a lower air pressure due to the IF standard, resulting in reduced soil compaction.”

Farmers will be able to buy the Agribib Row Crop IF tires in 5 sizes: IF 380/90 R 50 167A8/167B, IF 320/85 R 38 151A8/151B, IF 380/90 R 46 165A8/165B, IF 320/90 R 54 159A8/159B and IF 320/90 R 50 158A8/158B.