Iowa farmer says propane prices slightly higher than last year

A southwest Iowa farmer says he’s already locked in his propane needs for the fall.

Duane Aistrope tells Brownfield prices were similar to 2021. “By the time I got done dealing with them and trying to come about a price, we were up maybe five cents from last year.”

However, he says he doesn’t intend to use much propane for grain drying. “I haven’t used any propane to dry crops in probably five years,” Aistrope said. “We let it mature in the field the best that we can. We try to pick it at about 18-20 percent moisture. I’ll just run the fans and move air through it. I’ve gotten by pretty lucky.”

Aistrope says in years past he’s burned nearly a thousand gallons of propane per day to dry grain.

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