Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a proclamation that allows farmers to transport overweight loads of corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation is in effect from Sept. 25 to November 25.
“I am pleased today to sign this proclamation to allow Iowa farmers to move their crop yields in an effective and efficient manner,” he says. “Iowa’s farmers are a critical component of Iowa’s economy, and this proclamation will ensure they’re able to transport their crop ahead of deteriorating weather conditions.”
Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds adds that Iowa’s state government continues to look for other ways to assist farmers get their crops out of the fields and to market.
Specifically, the action “is intended to allow loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code §321.463(5) (b), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.”
According to USDA-AMS, trucks are the primary mode of transportation for domestically used grain, moving 78% on average of that portion of the corn crop. This amount has risen by 8% over the past decade, which AMS attributes to rising ethanol production.
Brandstad signed a nearly identical proclamation in 2014.