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High Propane Demand May Slow Delivery

October 25, 2013
By: Nate Birt, Top Producer Deputy Managing Editor google + 
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High demand for propane that’s used to fuel grain dryers and provide heating in rural areas might result in some delivery delays. Those transportation challenges are becoming evident in parts of the U.S. thanks in part to a later-than-normal harvest.

"There’s not an issue with propane supply," says Mark Leitman, director for business development and marketing, Propane Education & Research Council. "But shipping and transportation may become stressed, in periods of high demand."

(Click to read: Propane Crunch Sets In After North Dakota 'Inundated With Moisture')

Already, exemptions have been granted in the Dakotas and Minnesota to extend the hours of service for propane delivery. Click here to view details of exemptions in the Dakotas and Minnesota from the National Propane Gas Association. In Iowa, Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a similar exemption, The Associated Press reports via KCAU-TV.

Leitman advises farmers to keep an open line of communication with their propane supplier.

"Keep an eye on when the corn is planted, keep an eye on how it’s progressing throughout the growing season," he says. "We encourage the conversation to take place between the propane dealer and the farmer so there’s an understanding of the potential demand there and there are plans made, and even shared risks."

He adds: "All propane customers are important to the industry, and it’s doing everything possible to move product to customers, to keep customers supplied."

Click the play button below to listen to Leitman discuss the situation in more detail with Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell:

Click here to watch a video about the situation in South Dakota from KSFY-TV:

KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

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