"Harvest is a very busy time for farmers and this proclamation allows them to move crops as efficiently as possible while ensuring roadway safety," says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. "I appreciate the governor signing this proclamation in a timely manner so that it is in effect as harvest begins in earnest statewide."
Although the waiver allows up to 90,000 pounds, you still have to watch your axle weight limits
This waiver allows up to 90,000 pounds. But you still have to watch your axle weights. This year's rule is set up similar to last year's, so haulers need to know their axles and the distance between the axles so they know exactly how much they can haul in the truck. If you are unsure, contact the Iowa DOT.
"This weight limit exemption is going to help get this year's crop in from the fields and into bins on farms and into storage at elevators," says Northey. "We could certainly have a late harvest this year in Iowa. We hope we'll have good harvest weather, but there's no guarantee and farmers have to get the crop harvested and hauled in from the fields safely and efficiently. This exemption will allow truckers and farmers to put a few more bushels on each load, to be able to get harvest done a little quicker, and do it in a safe manner, and that is good."