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High propane prices hit farmers

FARGO, N.D. — A recent spike in propane fuel costs has put the hurt on the region’s farmers who are heating their homes and looking ahead to some residual grain drying costs in the spring.

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Drew Combs is vice president for the propane business unit at CHS Inc. of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

CHS works with an organization that supplies a large amount of propane to the North Dakota market with supplies historically coming from Cochin Pipeline at Carrington and other North Dakota sources.

Combs says the propane inventory levels today are 40 percent lower than this time last year because of two major factors: A late corn harvest and drying season that came simultaneously in several states; and the polar vortex pushing cold temperatures deeper south and east.

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