IOWA CORN GROWERS ASSN.
Corn Growers Announce Harvest Weight Limit, Effective Today September 27
JOHNSTON, Iowa - As combines start hitting the field this week throughout the state, Governor Branstad signed into effect a proclamation granting a temporary weight limit exemption for trucks on Iowa roads. The proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for corn shipment, soybeans, hay, straw and stover, by 12.5% per axle (up to a maximum of 90,000 pounds) without the need for an oversize/overweight permit.
The 2013 proclamation again applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system. Trucks cannot exceed the truck's regular maximum by more than 12.5% per axle and must obey the posted limits on all roads and bridges.
"We are proud to have the privilege of another weight limit exemption for the harvest season. We understand that the harvest weight proclamation is not a right by law, but a petition to the Governor," said Roger Zylstra, a farmer from Lynnville and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA). "ICGA requested the proclamation and provided the Governor with information on the 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 operation of the proclamation, assure the public's safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved. Farmers who are transporting grain are also required to follow their vehicle safety standards on axle weights.
The exemption will be granted for 60 days beginning, September 27, 2013.
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The Iowa Corn Growers Association is a membership organization, lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its over 7,500 farmer members.
Mindy Larsen Poldberg
Director of Government Relations