Governor Kim Reynolds is extending the planting proclamation.
The governor has signed an extension for the proclamation relating to the weight limits and hours of service requirements for the transportation of crop inputs for planting season.
The proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, other agricultural seed, water, herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer (dry, liquid, and gas), manure (dry and liquid), gasoline, diesel #1, diesel #2, ethanol, and biodiesel to be overweight without a permit through June 11th.
It applies to 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 (6) (b), by more than 12.5 percent, do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.
This week’s Iowa Crops Progress Report says just 14 percent of the expected corn crop has been planted – that’s at least two weeks behind both last year and the five-year average.