Demands lead to shortage of propane

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KXLG) – There has been a large amount of media attention regarding the shortage of propane in the Midwest recently. This fall, propane is needed for crop drying in unprecedented quantities by farmers across the Midwest, causing a supply challenge for propane suppliers. According to a USDA report, as of Nov. 5, 52 percent of corn harvest was complete. That progress was 23 percent behind the five-year average. Jared Landmark is the CEO of Sioux Valley Co-op in Watertown. He says the demand for propane is affecting many terminals throughout the Midwest.

Landmark says that even though the terminals are getting hit hard, his company remains in good shape, for now, however, he says, that can change rapidly.

Landmark says the traditional harvest takes place from the southern states and moves northward towards North and South Dakota.

Landmark says that Sioux Valley Co-op has received calls from other companies inquiring if they could supply them with propane. The Co-Op has declined in order to keep an adequate supply on hand for his customers. Landmark says to pay attention to your propane levels and keep your supplier informed.