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Ag Secretary: Plan ahead to prevent propane shortages

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says farmers and rural residents should prepare now to ensure they have enough propane this fall and winter.

“Last fall and winter the price of propane jumped sharply to more than $5 per gallon in some locations as a number of events severely tested the capacity of the current propane delivery system and infrastructure,” Northey said. “Such a dramatic price increase seems unlikely this year, but it is important for propane users to be prepared.”

Last winter, high prices and shortages made it difficult for some to heat their homes.

Northey said propane users should top off their propane supplies for grain drying, livestock and heating are full heading into the fall, and take advantage of early buying/reservation programs. He also said they should consider expanding their holding capacities and communicate early with propane suppliers.

Crop projections show a likely record yield in corn and soybean harvest in Iowa. With a large crop, propane use will be significant for grain drying. However, since the crop is more mature right now, and ahead of the five-year average, this could help control propane demand.

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