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Iowa relaxes road weight restrictions during harvest

By Staff | Sep 22, 2016

JOHNSTON (ICGA) – To help haul in this year’s harvest, Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation Monday granting a temporary 60-day weight limit exemption for trucks on Iowa roads, effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

The proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover, by 12.5 percent per axle (up to a maximum of 90,000 pounds) without the need for an oversize/overweight permit.

“On behalf of Iowa farmers, we sincerely thank Gov. Branstad for the proclamation, realizing that the harvest weight proclamation is not a right by law, but a petition we make to the governor,” said Iowa Corn Growers Association President Kurt Hora, a farmer from Washington. “This proclamation provides a tremendous help to us as we work to efficiently haul in this year’s crop.”

Farmers who are transporting grain are also required to follow their vehicle safety standards on axle weights.

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