Farmers running out of propane while struggling to dry high-moisture (wet) grain.
Last week I posted an article entitled Emergencies declared in 5 states due to propane shortages.
Now, surprise, surprise, members of Congress have written the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about the need for a continued supply of propane to Midwest states.
Farmers and other rural residents across the Midwest “are facing an untenable situation with limited propane supplies in available in some areas to dry corn coming off the field,” wrote the 31 House members from both parties who signed the letter.
“We hope to avoid a disastrous situation with cold temperatures and snow in the forecast spiking demand for residential deliveries just as farmers are needing to heat poultry and livestock barns and crop farmers are facing one of their most frustrating harvest seasons in years.”
“Those (farmers) who are lucky enough to have crops to harvest this year are now struggling with drying a wet corn crop. Wet corn put in storage can start to spoil in as little as three days. There are reports that grain elevators are having to stop the delivery of corn from farmers and storing corn on the ground because they’re running short of propane as well.”
Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this link