John Deere has gone Continental – it has approved 30 different sizes of Continental agricultural tyres to be fitted to its 6MC, 6RC, 6M and 6R mid-sized tractors.

This decision follows a comprehensive audit of the Continental plant in the Portuguese town of Lousado, where the tyres are manufactured.

The partnership agreement between the two machinery and technology giants reinforces the tyre makers’ recent re-entry into the agricultural sector.

John Deere was the first big tractor maker to audit Continental’s agricultural tyre production plant in Lousado. Audits included special consideration for quality management, delivery processes, risk management and order processing.

The new Continental Tractor70 and Tractor85 radial tyres feature an innovative bead design and N-flex technology. Their nylon carcase material is said to be more dimensionally stable than other materials.

A single wire core and a shortened bead apex, means Continental tyres can be fitted more quickly and easily, said a spokesman for John Deere. The bead design also means the tyres can run at a lower pressure to reduce soil compaction.