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Heavier Trucks OKed in Iowa

00:00AM Oct 03, 2008
Sara Muri, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
With harvest started, farmers and producers in Iowa need to keep in mind a new harvest weight limit exemption.
As of Oct. 1, a 10% per axle exemption from truck weight limit applies. The per-axle exemption is new this year. Before 2008, the exemption pertained to gross weight.
Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed the temporary weight exemption, which increases the truck weight allowable to 88,000 pounds gross weight. Without the exemption, farmers would need to obtain an oversize/overweight permit to haul this weight.
Mindy Williamson, communications director for the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), says typically the weight limit exemption is in place by Sept. 15. But, she says, since harvest is behind due to this year's challenging weather, ICGA delayed asking for the exemption.
The exemption applies to trucks hauling corn, soybeans, hay, straw or stover. It is in place for 60 days, until midnight on Nov. 29.
Williamson says the exemption helps famers haul more grains and products at a time, helping to reduce driving extra miles or using additional fuel.
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