More states issue hay waivers as drought conditions persist

By Land Line staff | Thursday, August 16, 2012

More governors in drought-stricken states are issuing waivers for hay haulers trying to get feed supplies to desperate ranchers.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor’s report released on Thursday, Aug. 16, “87 percent of the U.S. corn crop, 85 percent of soybeans, 63 percent of hay and 72 percent of cattle areas” were experiencing drought conditions. The report also stated that “more than half of the corn and soybean areas are experiencing extreme drought to exceptional drought” conditions.”

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe recently announced a 30-day state of emergency, authorizing special permits for hay haulers to transport round bales of hay on controlled highways, provided the load does not exceed 12 feet in width.

According to the release issued on Aug. 3, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will maintain jurisdiction in selecting the safest routes for the hauling of hay.

In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback approved a 30-day hay waiver on July 26 for those hauling hay to livestock in drought-stricken areas. According to the executive order, hay haulers providing relief to Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are not required to obtain an over-dimensional permit from the Kansas Department of Transportation, but are not permitted to travel at night or during inclement weather. Loads must not exceed 12 feet in width and not exceed 14 feet  6 inches in height.

On July 20, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that it was waiving the fee for oversize permits to haul loads of hay, up to 12 feet 4 inches wide, and are of “legal height, length and weight” through Dec. 31. According to the MoDOT release, the waiver will allow hay movements on holidays and at night. 

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