Proclamation increases truck weights for harvest

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation on Tuesday allowing semi-trucks and trailers to haul oversized loads on roads.

Farmers can now move vehicles with corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage, and stover that are over-weight and over-sized on all state highways, as long as it does not exceed 90,000 pounds or exceed axle weight limits.

For the next 60 days, farmers can transport about 10,000 more pounds or about 178 more bushels of corn.

The proclamation is advocated by farm groups like the Iowa Corn Growers Association, who say it is a critical increase in efficiency for farmers during the busy harvest season.

Marion County Farmer Steve Kuiper says, "It reduces the number of loads every day that you have to get out of the field and get to the bin site or get to the elevator, the processor. You know, when you have to go, quite a distance like for us we go to an Eddyville or up to Des Moines you know, that's a 50 mile drive for some of those farms. So the more grain you can get on every load, the more efficient we can be."

The proclamation does not apply to interstate highways, which requires a permit to be oversized.

Kuiper plans to make use of increased truck weights soon.

He is getting ready for harvest and hopes to start up this week, "We've got some lodging in some corn fields, so as soon as that crop gets dry enough to where we can get it into a dryer and get it dried down we're going to start getting it out of the field."