Gov. Doug Burgum has temporarily loosened driving restrictions for truckers who haul anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.
Burgum says the executive order is needed because North Dakota farmers are facing a delayed spring planting season, which means they have a shorter time frame for seeding and fertilizing fields.
Cold, wet conditions in other parts of the Midwest also have compressed the planting season and increased demand for fertilizer.
Waiving hours-of-service restrictions enables truckers to haul greater amounts of fertilizer in shorter periods of time. Burgum’s order remains in effect through May.