Putting Farmers on Track(s) for Success

February 1, 2016 01:19 PM

In 2010, when Camoplast and Solideal merged, the companies were primarily busy making tires and tracks for snowmobiles, forklifts and a myriad of construction and agricultural equipment. By 2015, the company emerged with a new name – Camso – and a strong focus towards understanding the niches of off-the-road mobility, or as they put it, ‘Road Free.’ In 2016, Camso is quietly producing more tracks for U.S. farm equipment than any other manufacturer.

The potential benefits of tracks in agriculture merit further investigation, according to Martin Lunkenbein, business line executive director.

“Every time you touch a field with a piece of equipment, there’s an impact,” he says. “We want to minimize that.”

Tracks offer a much wider footprint that eases the impact of compaction, Lunkenbein says.

“Our Camso TTS 40 series tracks have ten times the footprint of row crop tires,” he says. “That creates 70% less compaction and significant ground pressure reduction.”

The Camso TTS 40 series, introduced at the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show, are intended for planters, fertilizer applicators and other equipment in the 40,000 lb. to 45,000 lb. range.

Lunkenbein says testing in 2014 showed several benefits of tracks, including more uniform and consistent seed depth placement and healthier roots due to reduced compaction and better water infiltration. It all added up to a 5% yield increase in the trials, he says.

“It is an investment to convert to tracks,” Lunkenbein says. “We’re showing farmers there’s a yield benefit and a payback, combined with an increasingly longer life. There were some perceptions about tracks and shorter life span, but it’s not nearly the same story as even 10 years ago.”

Camso also introduced a new roading track for row crop tractors, featuring a 20% longer lifetime than its predecessor.

“We've taken the best roading track on the market and made it even better,” says Eric Blondeau, business line executive director, wheels and tracks, agriculture at Camso. “Our new roading track promises best in-class durability and speed when travelling from one field to the next. Combined with our competitive pricing position, we're providing farmers with the lowest operating cost solution by helping them save 30-40 percent on their cost per hour compared to our closest competitor.”

For more information, visit http://www.camso.co/.

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