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Local growers are working to wrap up harvest but demand for propane across the region may halt efforts. (File photo/Echo Press)

Propane shortage threatens harvest

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An all-at-once harvest has put pressure on the Midwest’s propane supply.

A late start for planting and a cool summer means harvest is happening all at once from Iowa to the Dakotas, creating a temporary propane shortage.


In a good year, the peak harvesting times will be staggered throughout the Midwest, moving north as the fall progresses. But it hit the region all at once this year, said Matt Kumm of CHS Inc., a major propane distributor in the Midwest.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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