Sprayer Applicator Unit Rolls Into Ditch Spilling Liquid Fertilizer


(Remsen) — The Remsen Fire Department was called Wednesday morning at about 11:40 a.m. to the intersection of county road L-12 and 160th Street, about a mile north of Remsen when a sprayer applicator unit had slid off the
gravel road and rolling on its top. The driver of the sprayer applicator was able to escape with no injuries. The sprayer applicator is owned and operated by the Remsen Farmers Co-op. According to Plymouth County Sheriff’s officials, the sprayer applicator was hauling liquid fertilizer when it had turned a corner to short, causing the 1150 gallons of the liquid fertilizer to shift, and resulting in the unit to lose traction on the gravel road and rolling over on its top. Firefighters, co-op employees, and nearby farmers used pay-loader tractors and front-end loaders to create an earth berm in order to prevent the spilled liquid fertilizer from entering Deep Creek. Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputies estimate that all of the 1150 gallons had spilled. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been
notified of the spill.