To help haul in this year's harvest, Governor Terry Branstad on Friday signed a proclamation allowing the transportation of overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover on state highways in Iowa. The proclamation took effect on September 27, 2013 and expires after 60 days.
The 2013 Harvest Weight Proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover by 12.5% per axle (up to a maximum of 90,000 pounds) without the need for a trucker or farmer to get an oversize or overweight permit. The increased weight tolerance does not apply to posted roads or bridges, nor does it apply to federal interstate highways. The 2013 exemption is the lesser of 12.5% per axle, or 90,000 pounds. The proclamation will expire at midnight on November 25, 2013.
"The Harvest Weight Proclamation is not a right by law, but a petition to the governor, who at his sole discretion may choose to grant the increased 12.5% weight tolerance," explains Mindy Larsen Poldberg, director of government affairs for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. "We sincerely thank Governor Branstad for his recognition of our request and his actions, and we also applaud ICGA members who contacted the governor's office to explain the need for this proclamation."
Weight limit exemption allows trucks to haul more bushels, to move crops as efficiently as possible
The Iowa Department of Transportation will monitor the operation of this weight limit waiver to assure the public's safety and to facilitate movement of the trucks involved, says a press release from the governor's office. Click here for more information from the governor's office regarding this exemption.