State sets meeting for scale service companies

In this May 1, 2013, photo Kansas farmer Ben McClure, a farmer from Hugoton, Kan., examines a wheat stalk in a Reno County wheat field. The Agriculture Department Friday, May 10, 2013, forecast U.S. farmers will harvest a far smaller winter wheat crop this season than a year ago, particularly for the hard red varieties used to bake bread. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)
In this May 1, 2013, photo Kansas farmer Ben McClure, a farmer from Hugoton, Kan., examines a wheat stalk in a Reno County wheat field. The Agriculture Department Friday, May 10, 2013, forecast U.S. farmers will harvest a far smaller winter wheat crop this season than a year ago, particularly for the hard red varieties used to bake bread. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Department of Agriculture officials are asking all licensed scale service companies to attend a meeting to discuss the low accuracy rate of heavy-capacity scales.

The meeting will be June 27 at the department’s Topeka headquarters.

Tim Tyson, director of the department’s Division of Weights and Measures, said in a letter that large scale accuracy rates are lower than in recent years. Thbe state also has a new policy requiring a third party to place scales on new scale installations.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/11EV1mx ) this week that state inspectors approved only 19 of the 72 heavy-capacity scales between July 2012 and February 2013. Almost half the scales did not meet state accuracy standards.

About 4,000 heavy capacity scales in Kansas weigh agricultural products, scrap metal, recyclables and other materials.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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