It’s no secret that harvest puts strain on the propane supply. Propane distributors plan and prepare to secure consistent propane supplies for all operations during peak periods, and encourage farmers to assess their propane needs during the summer months to help ensure smooth and consistent delivery during harvest. The months leading up to harvest is the ideal time for producers to evaluate their operation’s propane needs and make any necessary changes. Below are some questions to consider before the busy propane season hits.
Does your operation need additional storage?
Many farm operations experienced significant expansion during the last decade. Farmers were able to purchase newer equipment and increase their grain storage capacity to allow for a faster and more efficient harvest.
If this was the case on your operation, have you considered whether your propane storage kept pace with the growth of your operation?
Increasing propane storage is an investment that farmers can often overlook. While farmers cannot eliminate all risks to their operation, they can take steps to control the controllable. Investing in propane storage allows farmers to prepare and buy propane April through September, when it’s usually the most affordable and available.
Now is the time to evaluate your propane storage needs, especially if you have increased grain storage and drying capacity in the last few years.
Increasing propane storage now will help ensure adequate supply during harvest. Even if you haven’t made operational changes recently, it may still be a good idea to consider potential upgrades.
Are there any off-season propane deals?
Most suppliers offer contract pricing programs, which allow farmers and agribusinesses to lock in their propane supply at a set price for fall and winter. Additionally, there are usually off-season deals that can be leveraged if farmers take advantage of early fill opportunities.
Have you talked to your supplier about your needs during harvest and later in the year?
Be sure to talk to your supplier as soon as possible to let them know of your potential propane supply needs for harvest. This allows your supplier to plan ahead as much as possible to help minimize unpleasant, mid-harvest supply issues. Talking with your local propane supplier will help you identify any deals that may be available to you.
Getting organized and prepared now for your propane supply during harvest can save quite a few headaches later. To learn more about off-season pricing and supply planning, or to find a propane distributor near you, visit the Cenex Dealer Locator.