September 25

Nut and candy order forms are now available. They are on our website and in our office. Give us a call or email to get a copy sent to you. We are offering up again everyone’s favorites: cashews, pecans, mixed nuts, bridge mix, and more!

Did you know September is National Chicken Month? Here are a few facts on chickens. This bird was probably first domesticated for the purpose of cockfights, not as food. Chickens aren’t completely flightless—they can get airborne enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.

These birds are omnivores. They’ll eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.  With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species. There are dozens of chicken breeds, such as the Dutch bantam, leghorn and Rhode Island red. This one makes me laugh, a rooster announces to a flock of chickens that he’s found food with a “took, took, took.” But the hens don’t pay attention if they already know that there is food around. In 2018, Americans averaged 93 pounds of chicken consumed per person. I am sure I carried my weight on that.

Harvest Season is going to be coming upon us at some time here in the near future. Harvest Season Permits will be available again this year from September 1 through December 31. Obtaining a HSP allows trucks hauling agricultural commodities to exceed their gross, axle, and registered weights by up to 10%.  To obtain the permit, commodity haulers must apply to each road jurisdiction on whose routes they plan to travel. Where your route crosses several road jurisdictions, you’ll need several permits—one for each jurisdiction.

For state routes, the permit is only available online from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s ITAP website. A “route authorization” is required to be carried along with the State’s permit. This authorization prescribes the route of travel and ensures there are no weight limit postings along that route. The route authorization is obtained on the ITAP website and must be updated at least every 14 days. The permit, route authorization, and form OPER 993 (attached) must be carried in the truck either on paper or electronically. Before beginning each move, all state routes must be checked via the  www.gettingaroundillinois.gov website or ITAP’s route authorization page to verify that there are no closures or postings on the route.  

The HSP from IDOT only allows travel on state routes.  It does not cover travel on Interstates or local routes.  Local jurisdictions may issue a harvest season permit for their road systems, but are not required to. They also have the option to waive the requirement to carry a permit and designate (in writing) that they allow the overweight loads to be carried on their systems.

None of these permits allow a vehicle to exceed a road weight posting. All road and bridge postings still apply. For more details, see the attached documents. More information is also available at: https://truckpermits.dot.illinois.gov/.


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