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Farming weight limits raised starting on Monday


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Farmers will be able to run heavier trucks on Wisconsin roads starting on Labor Day.

New fall harvest weight limits go into effect on September first and run through the end of the year. Under the state's new Implements of Husbandry (IOH) laws, farmers and ag producers will be able to run their farm machinery with a 15-percent increase in the statewide weight limit without getting a permit first.

This applies to the hauling of corn, soybeans, potatoes, vegetables or cranberries from the field to their first storage, or from the field to the initial processing point. Trucks with a typical gross weight of between 50,000 and 80,000 pounds are allowed to increase their weights by 15 percent for harvest activities.

This exception does not apply on Class “B” highways, posted bridges, or highways and interstates. You should also make sure to check with local authorities to make sure special restrictions on local travel are not in place.