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.
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“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.”