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    Posted: July 21 2020 at 8:19am

Can not say you are not being warned, advising to fill tanks early- Tabitha

POTENTIAL PROPANE SHORTAGE THIS FALL

By Dave Mowitz

7/20/2020

https://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/potential-propane-shortage-could-occur-this-fall

COVID’s grasp on the economy is being felt on propane supplies. And that could affect its availability this fall.


The potential problem with supplies is a result of people traveling less. About 20% to 25% of propane is created from crude oil refining (the remainder of production comes from natural gas wells). So reduced consumer travel this summer means less demand for gas which, in turn, is reducing refining and eventually causing crude oil wells to be shut down.


Last fall’s shortfall of propane led to emergency declarations covering nine Midwest states.

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The silver lining in this potential dark cloud is that the average wholesale price of propane is trending around 40¢ less per gallon than a year ago. This creates the opportunity to lock in lower propane prices now before prices potentially increase this fall.

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The big issue with this (other then heating your home if that's how you do it) is that grain farmers use propane to dry their grain.  The neighbours where I buy my wheat for my birds, was still drying last years grain in early June... they use astronomical amounts of it - this is why the midwest states declared emergency... they ran low/out for grain drying! 

So sure - fill your propane tank(s) now, but also buy some whole wheat, corn, etc that you can grind at a later date in case of shortage.  Whole wheat kernels (pearls)  can stay sound for years depending on packaging/storage temp etc. Where as flour has short life...

Flour Expiration Date

(Opened/Unopened)Pantry

Past Printed Date
Flour lasts for6-8 Months
Rice Flour lasts for6-8 Months
Corn Flour lasts for9-12 Months
Potato Flour lasts for6-8 Months
Whole Wheat Flour lasts for4-6 Months
Self-rising Flour lasts for4-6 Months
Corn Meal lasts for1-2 Years

But remember that flour, like a lot of other baking products, usually has a best before date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you can continue to use it for your baking needs after the best before date has lapsed.

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