Emergencies declared in 5 states due to propane shortages

Shortages precluding farmers from drying their crops.

“Corn Belt Farmers Face Propane Crunch,” says the headline. “Propane Demand Outstripping Pipeline Capacity in Parts of Midwest.”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a regional emergency in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

At the end of last week, governors in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin issued emergency declarations to lift restrictions on carriers for the transportation of heating fuel, including propane

Seth Meyer, University of Missouri at Columbia research professor and agriculture policy researcher, said for many farmers, the added drying costs from propane supply issues couldn’t have come at a worse time.

But unlike the propane shortage of 2013, he said, there is plenty of supply available across the country now.



Thanks to Adoni Prisacaru and Phil Salmon for these links

“Everyone is harvesting soggy corn after both spring and fall were cold and wet,” says Phil. “Now everyone’s chasing propane to dry the harvested produce (and stay warm themselves) and propane is getting scarce and expensive.”

6 thoughts on “Emergencies declared in 5 states due to propane shortages”

  1. usa farmers just can’t get a break can they?
    snow ice floods low temps little heat to mature for harvest and then snow ice n cold again.
    be quite a few leave the land and a fair few marriages ruined families split and suicides as well.
    damned hard life, for little thanks most of the time.

  2. OMG,they couldn’t see this coming with huge amounts of corn planted in June! The home heat argument is comlpete b s Those tanks are”summer filled”and nowhere near needing more yet.

    • I should think most places in the US where they grow corn they start it in June.

      I’ve started corn in both MA and ME that time of year and one of my cousins (a farmer) grew sweet corn on the largest farm on Nantucket (MA)… and I’m sure he waited until June to start it. Depends somewhat on the variety you grow what does well in a specific location and it’s also based on growing season and how many frost free days are needed to mature the particular type you grow. I’ve never lived in Canad or the Midwest, so don’t know what works for them.

      Corn has to have heat to germinate. Around where I live now (Arizona) it gets hotter than Hades in summer (in 100s, F) but since they also get rains that time of year it’s considered a good time to grow some varieties (mostly of older, heritage seeds)…. although here you can also start corn a lot sooner. Some types can even mature during the monsoons with no additional water.

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