Hard day's night

Written by TF Staff on .

Just ask any farmer during harvest. Most will say there’s never enough time to get everything done.

While hours can’t be added to the day, a new law in Missouri gives farmers more time they can legally operate their equipment on the highways. Senate Bill 8 was signed into law by Gov. Eric Greitens in June and went into effect Aug. 28, just in time for corn harvest to begin.

Though rarely enforced, the way this regulation was worded previously meant it was illegal to drive equipment such as tractors, combines and sprayers on public roads between sunset and sunrise. Now, farmers can lawfully operate 24/7 as long as the vehicles have provisions such as a white light on the front and red light on the rear—both of which must be seen from at least 500 feet away.

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