This article is taken from the Dec. 28 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

Iowa has reextended, through Jan. 14, 2024, a proclamation that suspends normal limits on overweight loads for transporting grain, fertilizer, and manure.

The proclamation allows vehicles to transport overweight loads without a permit, while moving corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage, stover, fertilizer (dry, liquid and gas), and manure (dry and liquid).

The order is intended to help manage, throughout the State, heavy traffic volumes of agricultural trucks that are generated by the harvest.

The decree applies to agricultural loads transported on all Iowa highways (except interstates) and loads less than 90,000 pounds Weekly Highlights gross weight that do not exceed either the State’s maximum axle weight limits by more than 12.5% or Federal law’s maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds.

In addition, vehicles with overweight loads must comply with posted weight limits on roads and bridges.