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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Crop Progress Report

Bottom line: Late planting in a wet season could lead to high propane demand at harvest.

The season for corn planting is wrapping up under wet conditions, which could cause higher moisture content, requiring more propane at harvest to dry the crop. Presently, the crop is not mature enough to reliably anticipate moisture content, but it is something for propane suppliers to keep in mind during preparations for agricultural consumers.

As of May 31, 2022, the Crop Report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that overall corn planting in all eighteen states is 86% complete, which is below the five-year average. This time last year, corn plantings were 94% complete across all states. Currently, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are lagging behind in crop progress by 14-36%, according to the U.S. National Grain Drying Profile, created by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

For the USDA’s entire crop progress report, click here. Questions? Please contact Twana Aiken, NPGA Manager of Industry Affairs.

The information and commentary are intended to provide general information and do not constitute advice, recommendations, or speculation on propane demand or supply by NPGA staff or PERC staff.