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Published October 31, 2013, 08:10 PM

Propane shortage stresses farmers

The stress for farmers harvesting their crops is only increasing - this time due to a propane shortage. A number of factors contribute to the shortage, including unusually wet crops, increased demand, and transportation issues. The propane shortage leaves farmers with few options - either put their haul in storage hoping the corn doesn't go bad, or leave crops in the field hoping more propane comes before the freeze.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The stress for farmers harvesting their crops is only increasing - this time due to a propane shortage. A number of factors contribute to the shortage, including unusually wet crops, increased demand, and transportation issues. The propane shortage leaves farmers with few options - either put their haul in storage hoping the corn doesn't go bad, or leave crops in the field hoping more propane comes before the freeze.

Farmers use the fuel to help dry corn. At Peterson Farms in Warren Minnesota, Dwight Peterson has four grain bits full wet corn waiting to dry. He says he only has enough propane to get him through the rest of today. Peterson says he has more propane, but there aren't enough trucks to come pump it into another tank.

Last week, Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an executive order extending operating hours for propane truckers. Peterson says the short supply stopped his operation over the weekend.

Peterson says if more propane comes, his corn harvest will finish up nicely. If the situation worsens, Peterson says it could be a long drawn out harvest.

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