Limited diesel supply has farmers concerned

Some farmers across the Corn Belt have expressed concerns about the price and availability of diesel heading into winter.

Fuel supplier Mansfield Energy, based in Georgia, recently issued an alert saying diesel shortages could be possible in the Southeastern part of the country.

Eastern Iowa farmer Lance Lillibridge says a limited diesel supply adds to uncertainties producers are already facing. “They are saying we have a 25-day supply of fuel,” Lillibridge said. “From what I understand, most generally we have about a 50 or 60-day supply of fuel, and we’re cutting that supply in half. That’s getting dangerously low in my opinion.”

While U.S diesel supplies are tight, GasBuddy’s Patrick De Haan tells Brownfield there’s no need to panic. “Basically, it just tells us that right now refineries are having a tough time keeping up with demand, but it does not mean you are going to have to go station-to-station trying to find diesel fuel.”

The national average price of diesel is $5.30 per gallon, according to AAA.

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