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Propane shortage in South Dakota, finding supply elsewhere

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This season's crops are ending up with more moisture because below normal temperatures combined with our recent rain and snow have not allowed them to dry out.

Farmers are turning to propane to run machines to help dry their corn, but might have a tough time finding it right now.

Farmers are using propane faster than they can get it. And delivery companies have had their hands tied, until now.

Increased demands for propane are not uncommon during this time of year, but supplies have just about run out this time around.

"Harvest is starting right now and propane is used in corn drying, and there's not an adequate supply in storage in the facilities in South Dakota," said Dawna Leitzke, South Dakota Petroleum and Propane Marketers Association Executive Director.

But, you may not have noticed yet.

"Most consumers and agricultural producers won't even know that we are in a shortage situation in South Dakota because the propane haulers do a great job of making sure that their customers always have product," said Leitzke.

Although resources are running low.

"Presently, there is a shortage of propane in the pipelines that are coming into the state of South Dakota. Those are two pipelines in Yankton and Wolsey and that is caused simply by supply and demand," said Leitzke.

Normally there's not much propane delivery companies can do. They operate under regulations that require daily and weekly travel limits. To change that, Governor Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency.

"The executive order for the hours of service extension was specifically requested so that propane haulers can go to other pipeline facilities outside of the state of South Dakota as far as Kansas. They go to Nebraska and Iowa to bring that product back into the state so that they are able to supply the customers," said Leitzke.

But if you are worried about running out or not having heat, don't be.

"There's absolutely no reason to panic. This is just helping the people who transport that product back into our state. The consumers should absolutely not worry at all, they will not run out of product," said Leitzke.

Even though the governor's order exempts propane delivery from federal regulations on driving hours, companies cannot require or allow fatigued drivers to make deliveries.

Governor Daugaard's order was signed on Wednesday and expires November 30th.

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