Getting propane to Upper Midwest farmers for use in grain drying wasn’t an issue two months ago, says Mike Rud, president, North Dakota Propane Gas Association. All that changed, though, with the onset of substantial rains.
"We’ve just been inundated with moisture," Rud tells Straight from the Heartland’s Pam Fretwell. "There were a lot of our guys who probably had contracted some gallons who thought, ‘Boy, what am I going to do with them again this year?’ but that whole process has changed because we’ve just seen about a foot of rain in the last month and a half or so in North Dakota, and in particular the Red River Valley."
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Now that five states in the Upper Midwest are harvesting record corn crops, they need the fuel at the same time, which poses challenges. North Dakota’s governor has eased transportation restrictions, and trucks are carting in fuel from around the country to ease the tight situation.
"Propane has definitely taken a front seat here," Rud says.
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