Farmers should fill propane tanks now; California refinery issues causing diesel supply concerns

Ag experts are warning farmers to fill their propane tanks now before peak harvest demand.

Farmers in the Corn Belt are feeling the pinch of higher propane costs, but analysts say a steady supply and limited price volatility should help as they prepare for harvest.

The Propane Education and Research Council says while prices are higher, supply will support demand even in areas where planting happened late, but they suggest farmers fill those thanks now to beat harvest demand, as they expect dryers to run more this year than last.

As gas prices continue to drop, the issue analysts are watching now is instability versus supply. GasBuddy says refinery issues in California are causing volatility in surrounding states.

Gas prices have fallen significantly since their peak in June, but as harvest approaches, diesel prices are much slower to come down. The average price is still near $5 per gallon, according to AAA.


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