SHEFFIELD — Iowa farmers are raising concerns about a shortage of propane that’s needed to dry crops during harvest. Farmers in northern Iowa have faced delays in propane deliveries before, but not a shortage.
Bruce Halvorson, petroleum manager for Five Star Cooperative, said harvest demands have led to a propane shortage throughout the Midwest.
“The problem is the Midwest just isn’t built for the type of farming we’ve got when we’ve got wet crops,” he said.
Gov. Terry Branstad recently suspended the specific hours that drivers can transport propane in Iowa to address the issue. The order is currently in effect through Nov. 7.