Legislature votes to boost highway weight limit for ag sprayers

Tractor Spray Fertilize  With Insecticide Herbicide Chemicals In
Tractor spray fertilize with insecticide herbicide chemicals in agriculture field and evening sunlight

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa legislature has voted to let three-wheeled vehicles used to spray farm fields carry up to 25-thousand pounds of chemicals or nutrients on Iowa highways.

Representative Cindy Winckler, a Democrat from Davenport, says the bill will have unintended consequences.

 

Representative Sharon Steckman, a Democrat from Mason City, says county officials in her area object.

 

Republican Representative Norlin MommsenĀ  of DeWitt says the tires on sprayers are not like regular truck tires, but function a bit like snow shoes.

 

Mommsen says distributing the weight of a sprayer is important in a corn or soybean field.

 

The Iowa Senate passed the bill unanimously last week. The House passed it Tuesday on a 73-to-25 vote and sent it to the governor for her consideration.

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