User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


59° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Propane Users Hopeful For Warmer Weather

February 17, 2014, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Propane Users Hopeful For Warmer Weather
HECLA, SD -

Warmer weather could bring some much-needed relief to those who use propane for heat.

Involved with hog operations from Hecla down to Vermillion, Mitch Truebenbach is thankful to finally see warmer days.

"It would sure be nice to stay at 30 degrees and then get better," Truebenbach said.

Depending the age of the pigs inside, Truebenbach needs to keep his barns at anywhere from 65 to 85 degrees. With the cold winter, he's burned through a lot of propane to keep them at those temperatures.

Before winter is finished, Truebenbach expects to spend 60 percent more on propane this year than he normally would. That's even with buying quite a bit in advance at a lower rate.

"On a normal year, we'll book in about two-thirds of our needs. And this year because it was so cold, we ran out quite a bit early. I think we were done with our propane contract by the middle of January," Truebenbach said.

He expected that contracted propane to last through February. Truebenbach paid $1.48 per gallon for propane he purchased in advance. When he ran out, he paid more than $3 per gallon.

"And then you heard rumors of it going as high as $5. We were fortunate we didn't have to pay anything at $5 but it was still quite high," Truebenbach said.

Even though it's dropped from its peak, propane is still expensive, which is why Truebenbach is hopeful the weather will start helping, rather than hurting, his profits.

Truebenbach says hog prices are helping make up for the expensive propane. But there are some operators in South Dakota facing other challenges such as illness in herds that take away from profits as well.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

National Pizza Franchise Coming To Sioux Falls

4/22/2014 4:24 PM

The South Dakota franchise owner of Marco's Pizza plans to open a third location in Sioux Falls at 5007 S. Louise Avenue, next to Noodles &am...

Full Story
Headliners For JazzFest Announced

4/17/2014 10:54 AM

Plans are in place for JazzFest 2014 in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Eric Church Concert Near-Sellout Within Minutes

4/18/2014 5:55 PM

The first ticket sale to an event at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center proved to be a boon at the box office Friday

Full Story | Watch
It Looks Like A Credit Card, But It's Not

4/22/2014 10:01 PM

Small businesses often are short on cash or credit and in need of funding.  A California company is offering local businesses financing through t...

Full Story | Watch
City Of Worthington: Dilapidated Mall Is Due To Neglect From Ownership

4/21/2014 10:07 PM

The Northland Mall has been a mainstay in the Worthington community for over 35 years. The dilapidated shopping center has a leaky roof, which could l...

Full Story | Watch


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED