WASHINGTON (July 2019) — The Propane Education & Research Council encourages producers to consider filling their tanks early to prepare for higher propane demands this fall from later harvests and increased grain drying needs.
Record-breaking Midwest flooding and increased overall soil moisture in many states has delayed planting season for most crops, which will delay harvests as well. Later harvests and an increase in grain drying—the majority of which is powered by propane—will cause propane demand to be higher in late fall, when it is already higher due to increasing residential and agricultural heating needs.
To prepare for harvest and take advantage of the best savings, PERC recommends filling propane tanks early and contacting local propane dealers to inquire about propane fuel contract opportunities to lock in lower prices.
“We typically see an increase in propane demand due to harvest and then months later due to winter needs for ag and home heating,” said Mike Newland, director of agriculture business development at PERC. “This year, we expect these events to be closer together than usual, creating higher propane demand at one time. Producers can ensure they have the propane they need to power their farms throughout fall and winter by planning ahead and taking advantage of savings by filling tanks early.”
Propane supply is expected to still be abundant year-round but like other energy sources, such as natural gas and electricity, the price of propane is market-driven and fluctuates as demand changes. Therefore, producers can avoid the risk of delayed delivery or higher pricing by planning ahead to ensure they have the supply they need before an expected rise in demand.
To locate your local propane dealer, or to learn more about the use of propane on the farm and the Propane Education & Research Council, visit www.propane.com.