Make the Most of Your Harvest Weight Waiver

Strong yields at harvest are a win – but they can create serious headaches when transportation becomes a challenge. In 2014, we more than tested our transportation networks with a record breaking crop. This year looks like a bin buster too.

In 2015, the Missouri Soybean Association advocated for, and received, the permanent harvest weight waiver for Missouri farmers – meaning that farmers can now haul 88,000 pounds, rather than 80,000, without a special use permit.

With the yields Missouri soybean farmers are already sharing, there’s little doubt this year will again test our infrastructure. Knowing that, on average, 24 percent of Missouri soybeans are transported primarily by rail; 20 percent by barge and 55 percent by truck, we want to ensure you have the resources you need to maximize the usefulness of the 10 percent harvest weight waiver for crops and livestock.

Detailed information from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) about weight limits based on axles and other truck configurations is online.

We’ve heard from some farmers that having that extra 10 percent is only helpful if they don’t have to cross a bridge of any kind while hauling. MoDoT has information on bridge ratings online at modot.org/bridgelimits if you would like to look up bridges near your land.

Looking ahead, MSA has a policy resolution supporting investing in repairing and maintain our roads and bridges, especially in rural areas, as a strong transportation network is key to having a thriving agriculture sector. We’ll continue to fight for you on that in Jefferson City.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your staff at the Missouri Soybean Association if you find we may be of service.