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Farmers Prepare for Possible Propane Shortage
MARION (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--As tons of corn are being hauled in and dropped off into drying bins across Iowa, farmers like Brian Lensch are trying to stay ahead of the harvest rush.
Right now, were sitting at about 70 percent capacity, Lensch says pointing to the two liquid propane tanks on his farm.
Weve got a cushion to get us by for a few days, he said,
That extra cushion is to soften the blow of a possible propane shortage--a gas used in heaters to dry corn before either storing or sending it to market.
Were concerned about it, Lensch said. Were just being proactive.
A rainy spring followed by a short, dry summer has left some farmers with a wetter corn crop, causing a higher demand for propane.
The threat of a shortage even caused Governor Terry Branstad to let propane delivery drivers work longer hours to get more fuel to more farmers.
Were just burning gas, hoping we dont run out, said corn farmer John Airy who says because the shortage hasnt hit eastern Iowa yet, he isnt too concerned.
I havent had to do anything crazy to keep fuel, Airy said. My supplier has been very good.
But others, like Lensch, say theyd rather be safe than sorry.
Dont wait until its empty and find out you cant get gas, he said.