Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig encouraged ag businesses, farmers, rural residents and other Iowans who use propane to consider taking steps to ensure adequate propane supplies this fall and winter. 

“As of the first week of September, propane inventories were significantly higher than what they were at this time last year and just shy of the five-year average high,” Naig said. “Due to the late planting season across the state, Iowans need to be aware of the length of time and amount of propane that will be needed this fall.” 

The later crop maturity in large portions of the state will likely mean a steady demand for propane use for grain drying throughout the fall months.

To prepare for this fall and winter:

• Confirm propane supplies for grain drying, livestock facilities, homes and machine sheds are full going into the fall season  

• Take advantage of early buy/booking programs

• Consider expanding on-site capacity at facilities and homes

• Communicate early and regularly with propane suppliers