August 2019

PERC urges producers to fill propane tanks early to prepare for high demand

Long winter and wet spring will alter peak demand

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) encourages propane producers to fill tanks early to prepare for anticipated higher propane demands this fall due to later harvests and increased grain drying needs.

Record-breaking flooding in the Midwest and increased soil moisture in many states has delayed planting for many crops, which will in turn delay harvests. Later harvests and an increase in grain drying—often 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.

“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.”

Because the price of propane is market-driven and fluctuates as demand changes, producers can avoid the risk of delayed delivery or higher pricing by planning ahead before peak demand is reached, PERC said. For more info, visit www.propane.com.