Stubble damage is a big topic of discussion among farmers and manufacturers. “As seed genetics continue to provide better stalk quality and stand ability, they also are leaving behind some very rigid stubble after harvest,” explains Tom Rodgers, marketing manager for Bridgestone Americas Ag Group, which produces Firestone farm tires. “Damage to both combine tires and front tires on tractors performing tillage operations is a major issue with farmers.”

Tire companies are working on solutions. They are testing new compounds and designs that will make tires more resilient to puncture. In the meantime, companies recommend installing stubble shoes on the front end of machines to knock down the stalks before the tires drive over them in order to minimize damage. Most equipment dealers have stubble shoes in stock or available for order.