State Says Think Ahead, Buy Propane Now

DES MOINES, Iowa — Chances are, with temperatures in the 90’s this week, you probably aren’t thinking about heating your home. But state officials say maybe you should.

Last winter, a shortage of propane forced prices to more than double in some parts of the state. And with a large crop predicted, more propane will be needed to dry corn. So the state is suggesting you sign contracts with suppliers now while prices are still low.

“Everybody’s saying a big crop coming in so if folks have to dry corn, they use propane for that so that could impact supplies,” says Dustin Vande Hoef with the Iowa Department of Agriculture. “What happened last year is we went from corn drying right into a long cold winter so if we have another long cold winter that’s gonna produce similar challenges.”

Nationally, propane suppliers say part of the problem is a lack of large storage facilities where propane could be held for distribution.

2 comments

  • Mike Cee

    We’ve contracted every year for the last 20, and almost every year we come out way ahead on price. I’ll never understand why some folks purchase their propane in the winter when prices are the highest.

  • dan

    Buy a heat pump, and you’ll be way ahead of all of it. Use the propane for the backup heat. With the rebates on them it’s a no brainer when you need an air conditioner, to go ahead and upgrade to an air source heat pump.

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