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Cool weather prompts propane stock-up

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The overnight cool-down had many rural Iowans checking their stocks of propane.

And those that we low kept Craig Wolfensperger, who delivers the fuel for ECI Co-op in Waterloo, busy.

Propane is used to dry crops during the harvest and to heat homes in the winter.

“The drying season is fast and furious while home heating a is a 40-hours-per-week job,” Wolfensperger said.

He said he had a fair number of last-minute calls with talk of the first snow on the horizon. That brings to mind last winter's propane shortage, in which freezing temperatures hung on for months, driving the price of propane up over $5 per gallon. Right now, it's sitting at less that-- $2 per gallon.

That prompted Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to encourage Iowans to buy propane early to prevent late runs on the supply.

The folks at ECI remember having to partially fill tanks to make sure there was enough fuel for everyone.

“There hasn't been two or three years that I can remember that we've run into that problem,” Wolfensperger said. “I hope we don't this year.”

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