The U.S. Energy Information Administration said this week on its website that propane supplies in the Midwest are “extremely tight” thanks to both the corn crop in 2013 and to the cold weather that the area is currently experiencing. This shortage will end up costing Missouri residents more than usual to stay warm this winter. A late harvest and wet weather resulted in an increased use of propane-fueled heaters to dry corn for storage, causing the largest single-week stock draw in November since 1993. Additionally, a variety of difficulties, including pipeline maintenance and weather-related disruption of rail transportation prevented the area from fully replenishing its propane supplies before winter. In response to the resulting propane shortage, the wholesale price of propane rose from $1.25 to $3.55 per gallon. Currently, retail propane prices in the lake area hover around $4 per gallon.