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Iowa experiencing low propane supply, Salmon says


By Chris Adams | Jan 1, 2020


A state representative indicates there is a shortage of propane in Iowa.

Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville) reported in a November email newsletter that the Hawkeye State was short on the liquefied petroleum gas.

“Over the last several weeks farmers, homes, and businesses who use propane for heat or to dry their corn have been experiencing a shortage due to significant transportation issues,” wrote Salmon in the newsletter.

She stated the situation is the result of a confluence of factors including early winter weather conditions, a late planting season and a rising demand for propane in the Midwest.

“A late planting season this past spring has resulted in a delayed harvest season …The delay and cold temperatures also mean the corn has been very wet with the statewide average moisture content at 20 percent,” she wrote.

Salmon further noted the gas is required to dry the crop.

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