Corn and soybean harvest is taking longer than normal this year. So the Illinois Farm Bureau asked the Governor to declare a harvest emergency.
The declaration signed by Bruce Rauner allows farmers to add ten percent more weight in grain trucks that are headed local elevators or delivery points. Illinois Director of Ag Raymond Poe knows that every extra kernel on a truck helps speed harvest.
Farmers still need a special permit to add the extra weight to their grain trucks. IDOT says they are ready to get those permits out. The Harvest Emergency is good for 45 days. Continued wet weather has hampered harvest around the state.