By Scott Chase, Energy Department Manager
As the start of the new school year is upon us the summer temp is not ready to leave. The 2023 harvest is just around the corner. It is time to start figuring out what we need for the harvest season. Fuel oil and tires are some of the things to start with. The prices going into harvest look like they should stay the same if there is no big hurricane or shutdown on the refineries end.
The propane trucks have started the route to delivering the summer fill program. The price of summer fills this year is $1.40 compared to $1.85 last year. With all the great technology out there, Central Farmers Coop is moving forward; we have purchased a new program called Energy Force. Energy Force is a company that helps us with delivery to the customer, ensuring all your fuel and propane needs are covered.
Last, I would like to thank Central Farmers Coop for looking out for the employee. The Salem station has invested in a new heavy duty tire changer. This machine for changing tires is safer to use and easier on the back compared to a bar and hammers; it keeps the tire techs safe. The investment in this machine is not for our customers but for our employees. With that I would like to say thank you for all your business and have a safe harvest.
Fuel Storage Tank Size/Maintenance
By Gerry Crawford, Energy Sales
As we work through this challenging growing season, we are seeing optimism from our customers. With the farmers preparing for sileage cutting / fall harvest and the contractors working to get their road work done and buildings built, the need for fuel will be at a high level.
CFC is blessed to have a full crew of motivated refined fuel and propane delivery drivers. With the busy fall and spring deliveries we would like to visit about tank storage size with our customers. Depending on the operation fuel storage ideally should be 3 to 4 fills per year. Historically it has been a beneficial price to fill your tanks midwinter late December through February, and again early to midsummer June or July.
We have some customers that should consider updating to newer larger tanks. Some of these tanks are overhead gravity flow and are under 500-gallon capacity. As we move forward, for the safety of our drivers, we want to encourage converting these overhead tanks to ground level tanks. We have a complete inventory of tanks, pumps, and accessories. We have tank sizes 300, 560, 1000, and 2000 in inventory. We’re able to order larger sizes if a customer is interested.
Since we are talking about fuel storage tanks, we would like to remind you that it is important to perform tank maintenance every 6 months. Proper fuel storage tank practices such as draining or pumping the water out are essential in maintaining the viability of cleaner diesel. If you have questions, CFC can help you determine if there is water at the bottom of your fuel tanks. We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. Have a safe harvest!
By Scott Chase, Energy Department Manager
As I write this article, we are just about at the halfway point of the 2023 year so it’s time to look at the heating season. First and foremost, thank you for choosing Central Farmers Coop for your propane Supplier. For the upcoming heating season, we would like to explain our services and policies.
- We are offering a BUDGET PROGRAM to our home heating customers to help manage their costs.
- Our lease prices for the LP tanks have increased this year from $60.00 to $75.00 for a 500-gallon tank. For a 1000-gallon tank we went $90.00 to $125.00 for a year lease. With continually rising steel prices our costs to replace tanks has been the major reason for the increase.
- With all the technology out their Central Farmers Coop has a monitor for the customer and for us to help keep track of how low the tanks are and when we need to fill you up.
- ONLINE BILL PAY is now available. Call or email any CFC office to have your account set up online. You may view your invoices and submit your ACH payment online. Our online platform is available both mobile and by the website.
As your needs change, we will be happy to help you evaluate those needs and offer you the services that will fit your needs. For any questions or to place an order please call your nearest location. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you.
Salem: 1-877-200-0619 or 605-425-2691
Springfield: 800-858-5536 or 605-369-2630
Tyndall: 800-300-7670 or 605-589-3303
CFC's Safety & Delivery Policies
As a valued propane customer, your safety is our main concern.
We would like to make you aware of our delivery policies.
Our policies follow the National Fire Protection Association mandates, state codes, insurance requirements
and the CFC credit policies.
We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you this coming season.
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