As the 2010 harvest is starting to get underway in Iowa, Governor Chet Culver signed a proclamation on September 21 granting a temporary weight limit exemption for trucks on Iowa roads. The action by the governor specifically increases the weight allowable for shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover, by 10% per axle without the need for an oversize/overweight permit.
The proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, except the Interstate highways. Also, trucks cannot exceed the truck's regular maximum by more than 10% per axle and must obey the posted weight limits on all roads and bridges. It amounts to allowing approximately another 4,000 pounds for a semi-truck loaded with corn, say ICGA officials.
Grain trucks are still required to follow safety standards
"We are proud to have the privilege of another weight limit exemption for the 2010 harvest season. We understand that the harvest weight proclamation is not a right by law, but a petition to the governor, asking him to grant this," says Dean Taylor, who farms near Prairie City and is president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. "ICGA requested that the governor lift the limits. We provided the governor with information about this situation—including estimated predictions of another bountiful Iowa crop. We sincerely thank the governor for his action."
The proclamation directs the Iowa Department of Transportation to monitor the situation and assure the public's safety and to facilitate the movement of the trucks involved. Farmers who are hauling grain are also required to follow their vehicle safety standards on axle weights.
The harvest weight limit exemption will last for 60 days from September 21, 2010. Culver also signed another proclamation, recognizing September as "corn month" and highlighting corn's value to Iowa. For more information, go to www.iowacorn.org. Or call the ICGA office in Des Moines.