PERC stresses importance of ag producers filling tanks early

September 4, 2019 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is urging ag producers to fill propane tanks early in preparation for higher propane demand this fall from later harvests and increased grain drying needs.

Sapp Brothers, based in Omaha, Nebraska, was not spared from the severe flooding that hit the region. Photo by Pat Athen/Sapp Brothers

PERC is urging ag producers to fill propane tanks early this year to avoid any price increases for expected demand later this fall. Photo by Pat Athen/Sapp Brothers

Flooding in the Midwest and increased overall soil moisture in many states delayed planting season for most crops, which can delay harvests, PERC says. Later harvests and an increase in grain drying 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, PERC recommends that ag producers fill tanks early and contact local propane retailers to inquire about 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,” says 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, PERC says, but because price is market-driven and fluctuates with demand, producers should fill tanks early to avoid the risk of delayed delivery or higher pricing.

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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