This year’s record-breaking Midwest flooding and increased overall soil moisture in many states delayed both planting season and harvest for most crops, causing a significant increase in grain drying needs and propane demand later in the season. According to federal data, during the first week of November, more than 75 percent of the corn crop would have been harvested; but at the same point in time this year, only half was harvested due to high moisture content.
Propane is the fuel source for grain drying because it is clean, affordable and made in America. The combination of a higher-than-normal demand for grain drying at the same time that livestock producers and homeowners rely on propane to keep animals and homes warm, has created unusually high propane demand at one time.
While we anticipated this rise in demand and the propane industry prepared with an abundance of supply to meet farmers’ needs, the spike in demand has created temporary transportation issues in some states. To combat the issue, many people are working around the clock to get propane to growers who need it as fast as possible. For example, in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, propane organizations asked for and were granted executive orders by the governors of those states temporarily lifting regulations restricting what hours commercial drivers can transport propane. We will continue to do what we can to ease the burden this unprecedented situation has created for farmers already facing a difficult harvest season.