Iowa Governor Chet Culver is extending the temporary weight limit exemption in order to help farmers transport this year's corn and soybean harvest.
On October 1, 2008 Culver signed a proclamation granting a temporary weight limit exemption which is set to expire on Saturday November 29. This proclamation increased the weight allowable for shipment of soybeans, corn, hay, straw and stover to 88,000 pounds gross weight without the need for an oversize/overweight permit.
On Sunday, November 30 Governor Culver will issue a proclamation extending the exemption for an additional 30 days.
The proclamation directs the Iowa Department of Transportation to monitor the operation of the proclamation, assure the public's safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved. The exemption does not change the lower weight limits as posted on bridges and overpasses, as well as interstate highways in Iowa. Farmers who are transporting grain are also required to follow their vehicle safety standards on axle weights.