Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of oversized and overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation took effect on September 4, 2012 and expires after 60 days.
"Many Iowans' livelihoods depend on a smooth, efficient harvest season," says Branstad. "I am pleased to sign this proclamation, which will allow the movement of Iowa's commodities and help Iowa farmers during harvest."
This proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight. Also, the loads can't exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code section 321.463 paragraph "5.b", by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), and do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted weight limits on roads and bridges.
Harvest weight exemption allows heavier loads of grain to be moved in Iowa
"This action is intended to allow vehicles transporting soybeans, corn, hay, straw and stover to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation," the governor explains.
"The Iowa Department of Transportation is directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public's safety and to facilitate movement of the trucks involved."
The Iowa Corn Growers Association is happy with this announcement by the governor, in granting a harvest weight exemption for transporting of these farm products, for 60 days, beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
The harvest weight limit exemption is lesser of 12.5% per axle or 90,000 pounds
"This 2012 harvest weight proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for the 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 an oversize or overweight permit," notes Mindy Williamson, communications director of ICGA. "We need to point out that this increased weight tolerance does not apply to posted roads or bridges, nor does it apply to federal interstate highways. As a reminder, the 2012 proclamation is the lesser of 12.5% per axle, or 90,000 pounds."
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. "We sincerely thank Gov. Branstad for his recognition and actions, and also applaud ICGA members who contacted the governor's office in recent weeks to explain the need for the proclamation," she adds. Click here for more information.