Wallaces Farmer

Iowa Extends Harvest Weight Limit Exemption

Due to weather delays and the size of this year's corn harvest, there is still a large amount of farm-based truck traffic statewide.

Rod Swoboda 1, Editor, Wallaces Farmer

November 17, 2007

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Iowa Gov. Chet Culver announced on November 15 that he has extended the temporary weight limit exemption for hauling crops during harvest for an additional 30 days. The exemption was due to expire November 15.

As previously reported the action increases the weight allowable to 88,000 pounds gross weight but does not affect interstate and bridge weight limits. It also increases the permitted weight per axle (or axle pair) by 10%.

The proclamation pertains to shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover to 88,000 pounds gross weight without the need for an oversize or overweight permit. "We are doing this in an effort to help farmers move this year's record corn harvest," says Culver.

The proclamation directs the Iowa Department of Transportation to monitor the operation of the program and to assure the public's safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved. "It is important to note in the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse this past summer that this exemption does not change the lower weight limits as posted on bridges and overpasses and interstate highways in Iowa," says Culver. "Farmers who are transporting grain are also required to follow their vehicle safety standards on axle weights as well."

About the Author(s)

Rod Swoboda 1

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Rod, who has been a member of the editorial staff of Wallaces Farmer magazine since 1976, was appointed editor of the magazine in April 2003. He is widely recognized around the state, especially for his articles on crop production and soil conservation topics, and has won several writing awards, in addition to honors from farm, commodity and conservation organizations.

"As only the tenth person to hold the position of Wallaces Farmer editor in the past 100 years, I take seriously my responsibility to provide readers with timely articles useful to them in their farming operations," Rod says.

Raised on a farm that is still owned and operated by his family, Rod enjoys writing and interviewing farmers and others involved in agriculture, as well as planning and editing the magazine. You can also find Rod at other Farm Progress Company activities where he has responsibilities associated with the magazine, including hosting the Farm Progress Show, Farm Progress Hay Expo and the Iowa Master Farmer program.

A University of Illinois grad with a Bachelors of Science degree in agriculture (ag journalism major), Rod joined Wallaces Farmer after working several years in Washington D.C. as a writer for Farm Business Incorporated.

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