Iowa corn group likes harvest weight extension

The Iowa Corn Growers Association is applauding Governor Terry Branstad’s decision extend the harvest weight proclamation for farmers.  

ICGA says the extension will help those who are still bringing in the 2012 corn crop.  

The extension starts November 3rd and runs for 15 days. The proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for 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/overweight permit.  

ICGA says the Branstad proclamation is an improvement over the past few proclamations, when the previous maximum per-axle limitation was the lesser of 10% or 88,000 pounds. 

The 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.

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