Legislature votes to boost highway weight limit for ag sprayers

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 Mommsen  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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