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Propane Shortage Hampering Harvest
Mon Nov 4, 2013 12:02 PM CST

(Dow Jones) -- Farmers in the upper Midwest are used to dealing with drought, disease and pests. Now, they are grappling with a different problem: a propane shortage.

Unusually heavy rains have left corn from this year's bumper harvest soggier than normal. Farmers are struggling to acquire enough propane to fuel the giant, oven-like machines that dry corn before it is stored to prevent rot.

The dash for the gas has helped send U.S. domestic propane prices to an 18-month high and is slowing the corn harvest, already delayed because of wet weather during planting.

The propane shortage is keeping ...

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