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Propane Safety

Propane is a fuel source for more than 60 million Americans! Whether you’re using propane to heat your home, get hot water or fuel your grill, there are many safety practices you should be aware of. With warmer weather upon us and grilling season unfolding, we wanted to share basic information and safety best practices with you. When handled properly propane is a versatile and safe fuel.


In its natural state, propane is an odorless and colorless gas that is widely used to fuel appliances for heating, cooking and other uses. Although propane is used as a gas for fueling appliances, it is transported and stored as a liquid under high pressure in specially designed tanks or cylinders. When liquid propane changes into a gas vapor, it expands in volume by about 270 times. This means that propane is more economical to store and transport as a liquid rather than a gas vapor. However, this characteristic also means that even a small leak of liquid propane can result in a much larger quantity of vapor, which can be especially dangerous in a confined space.

Similar to any other flammable gas or liquid, propane is very safe when stored and handled properly. However, if propane is mishandled, it can cause property damage, injuries or even death. For this reason, users must have a thorough understanding of the properties and characteristics of propane, and the hazards and risks associated with its use.


The purpose of the odorant is to help people detect the presence of propane. It is important for all members of the household to be able to distinguish the smell of odorized propane.


  • DO get everyone out of the home and move away a safe distance.
  • DO attempt to shut off the valves at the tank.
  • DO call both Sioux Valley Coop and the fire department for help from a phone that is a safe distance from the house.
  • DO NOT attempt to find the leak.
  • DO NOT attempt to repair your appliance or light your pilot light.
  • DO NOT turn light switches on or off inside the home.
  • DO NOT use a telephone inside the house or in nearby areas.
  • DO NOT light matches anywhere inside or near the home.

How do I safely transport and store small propane cylinders?

  • Use only DOT-approved cylinders that are in good condition.
  • When using a new cylinder for the first time, insist that your propane dealer purge the cylinder to remove air and moisture in the tank. Propane will expand and contract, depending on the temperature.
  • Cylinders should only be filled to 80 percent of capacity.
  • Before lighting a propane gas appliance, check all connections for tightness using a leak detection solution.
  • Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before operating a gas appliance.
  • Never use propane from a cylinder without a regulator.
  • Do not use matches or a lighter to check for leaks.
  • Turn off the valves on the cylinder when an appliance is not in use.
  • Never store a cylinder indoors or in an enclosed vehicle.
  • When transporting a cylinder, make sure it is secured and in the upright position, so that the valves are in the vapor space.
  • Never smoke or have open flames near propane cylinders.
  • When filling cylinders attached to your vehicle, be sure all sources of ignition are shut off, including pilot lights and vehicle engines.

Spring has sprung! Are you ready?

Spring is officially here, and that means planting season is nearly upon us. Now is a great time to prepare for the busy season! A simple checklist can help you get ready to take on the long hours in the field. Here are a few maintenance tips to help you maximize your equipment’s performance:

  • Clean your equipment! Make sure your machinery is clean and free of debris. Pay close attention to any moving parts to ensure there is no hindrance in movement.
  • Check and change fluids. Your equipment works hard during planting season, and lubricants protect your moving parts. Be sure to change your oil as well as check hydraulic, transmission, and brake fluids to ensure they are at healthy levels.
  • Apply greases. By applying grease to metal joints you reduce friction and prevent damage on metal joints.
  • Plan for fuel. Meet with a member of our team to discuss any deliveries you may need as well as which blend of fuel will work best with your equipment. We carry a Ruby Field Master and a variety of ethanol blends, and about everything else in-between!
  • Keep your equipment running like a well oiled machine. We understand breakdowns happen, and that’s why we offer our Total Protection Plan. The TPP is one of a kind warranty program for new and used equipment. It covers new equipment for up to 10 years or 10,000 hours and used equipment for up to 8 years or 8,000 hours. It has no deductible and is transferable, giving you the protect and peace of mind you need. Protection starts at $299. For more information, explore our website or contact our sales team at 605-886-5829.

Become a member of Sioux Valley Coop, we’ll put money back in your pocket!

Becoming a member of your local cooperative has many benefits! What is a coop, you might ask? Let us explain. A cooperative is a business that is owned and controlled by members, who are also referred to as patrons. We have the ability to adapt our business and invest based on the needs of our customers. We don’t have outside investors, which means all surplus revenue at the end of the year goes back into our patrons’ pockets. The revenue given back to our patrons is proportional to how much they utilize our products and services. The more you use, the more you receive in patronage. In other words, we’ll put money back into your pocket for simply purchasing the fuel for your car, or energy for your home or farm!

Since our cooperative formed 61 years ago, we have given back more than $27 million to patrons! In 2016, we gave back $0.22 cents per gallon of gas and diesel to patrons.

Becoming a member is easy. Simply complete an application here, or contact a member of our sales team at 605-886-5829. You can also visit our main office located on Highway 20 in Watertown.

Success with Sioux Valley Coop Cares

We are pleased to announce our first annual Sioux Valley Cares campaign was a success!

The goal of the campaign was to create awareness, and with the help of our customers, offer financial support to charities that are making a difference in our community. The campaign ran from November 1, 2016 through December 23, 2016 and was well received by our customers who offered positive reviews and donated in full force! In total, Sioux Valley Coop customers donated 50,900 points to charities in the Watertown area amounting to nearly $1,500!

We would like to thank all of our customers for the success of this campaign. It would not have been possible without the generosity and support you have shown your community. At the beginning of this campaign we stated that “together we are better” and our customers have proven this! We look forward to running this campaign in the years to come!

*As a reminder charitable giving is a standard feature within our Fuel Advantage program. Therefore, our patrons will still have the opportunity to donate their points to charitable organizations throughout the course of the year.

Honoring Military Heroes

**The following is an article written by Jennifer Chick. The article was originally published is CHS C Magazine

Military heroes from across the U.S. visited Minneapolis, Minn., in October 2016 for the annual Medal of Honor Convention. CHS sponsored the convention, which recognized recipients of the nation’s highest military honor.

The Medal of Honor is presented by the president on behalf of Congress “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty.” Nearly 3,500 soldiers have received the honor since 1862. There are 78 living recipients and more than 40 of them attended the Medal of Honor Convention.

Wayne Ingalls, a CHS farmer-owner and Vietnam War veteran from CHS member cooperative Sioux Valley Co-op in Watertown, S.D., attended Medal of Honor events as a guest of CHS. Ingalls, who lost a leg while serving his second tour in Vietnam, was able to meet many medal recipients. He says he was honored to talk with Michael Fitzmaurice, the only living Medal of Honor recipient from South Dakota.

Fitzmaurice served in the Vietnam War in the 101st Airborne, the same division where Ingalls had served earlier in the war. “It was the highlight of my life. What they’ve done is above and beyond. They are very gallant men,” Ingalls says about meeting the Medal of Honor recipients.

“During the Medal of Honor Convention, we were reminded that these heroes are ordinary people whose extraordinary actions have left a lasting impression on others,” says Adam Holton, senior vice president, Human Resources, CHS. “Every day, CHS employees and owners are making a difference in lives around the world. We want to support our employees, our owners and veterans who are looking for a place to feel at home. That’s why we are committed to recruiting from the veteran community as an invaluable pipeline of talent for CHS and the agriculture industry.”

A Look Back at the E30 Challenge

Conventional wisdom says our non-flex vehicles can only operate on 10 percent ethanol blends. As the area leader in innovative fuels, we are challenging conventional thinking in order for our customers to realize the true advantages of biofuels, such as ethanol. In the spring of 2016, we teamed up with Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC to create a fundamental change in the way we fuel our automobiles, called the E30 Challenge. This challenge was recently covered in the CHS C Magazine. To read the full article click here.

The E30 Challenge provided a $0.30 cents per gallon discount on E30 fuel to participants. Drivers would then compare the results of horsepower and fuel economy on three tanks of E30 versus three tanks of E10. The challenge was both exciting and provided convincing results to those who participated. “E30 is now our No. 2 product, just behind E10 sales. It’s been a fantastic product for us and for our customers,” said Jared Landmark, CEO of Sioux Valley Coop.

Given the overall interest and success of the E30 Challenge, we are now offering delivery services for higher blends of ethanol from E15 to E85 to your farm or business. We are proud to say we are on the leading curve of innovative fuels, and with the success of our E30 challenge we encourage you to try E30 on your next fill up!

Sioux Valley Coop Cares Campaign

Together, we are better. That is why we are excited to announce our new annual giving campaign, Sioux Valley Coop Cares. Join us now through December 23rd as we give back to local charities through our Fuel Advantage program.

Throughout the duration of the campaign, we encourage you to use your Fuel Advantage card as you normally would; swipe your card to earn points on your everyday purchases and to receive an instant $0.03 discount on every gallon of gas or diesel. You can still redeem your points for free times like snacks, drinks, or carwashes. OR, you can show your appreciation and support by donating your points to a local charity of your choice. For every 500 points donated, we will donate $5.00 to the charity of your choice (as per the standard Fuel Advantage program details). In addition, now through December 23rd, we will donate $5.00 and match every donation dollar for dollar! To show our appreciation for your generosity, we will also give you a free carwash for every point donation you make! The local charities we will give back to this holiday season are: Codington County Cares, The PACH Program, Veterans Group, Webster Swim Team, and the following schools: Immaculate Conception, Great Plains Lutheran, St. Martins, and Watertown Christian. All Sioux Valley Coop C-Store locations are participating in this campaign (Highways 212 and 20 in Watertown, Highway 25 & 12 in Webster, and Highway 25 in Roslyn).

Joining our Fuel Advantage program is easy and free! All new members will receive 300 points just for signing up now through December 23rd. Don’t have a Fuel Advantage card? Sign up at our corporate office or any of our C-store locations. Or visit:

Sioux Valley Coop Acquires Community Oil of the Glacial Lakes

(Watertown, SD) –Jared Landmark, CEO of Sioux Valley Coop in Watertown, and Danny Kjos, CEO of Community Oil of the Glacial Lakes, announced they have finalized an agreement under which Sioux Valley Coop has acquired Community Oil of the Glacial Lakes, a bulk fuel delivery business out of Roslyn, SD. The agreement was made final on Tuesday, September 6th .

“This acquisition will benefit our customers. It will enhance our capabilities and allow us to provide a wider variety of products and services. It will also help create more opportunities in Roslyn and in the surrounding areas,” said Jared Landmark.

Employees of Glacial Lakes Community Oil will continue their employment under the leadership of Jared Landmark and Sioux Valley Coop.

Fall Harvest Safety Tips & Reminders

It’s hard to believe; summer has come and gone and September is here! For many in our area, that means fall harvest is quickly approaching! Soon farmers and their hired hands will have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. This means seasoned veterans, fresh newbies and everyone in-between will be on the road and in the fields grinding out their duties. Farmers are no stranger to long hours and tough working conditions. The rush of harvest time often means it’s the deadliest time of year on the farm.

With that being said, we are bringing YOU, farmers and city folk, a few tips as a friendly reminder to stay safe this harvest season!

  1. Always wear your seat belt! Seat belts save lives.
  2. Be vigilant. This applies to everyone – farmers in the field, on the road hauling loads and motorists on the road. Be aware of your surroundings. If you see a slow moving vehicle, be prepared to slow down quickly. Also be watching for wildlife. With machines in the field, wildlife is on the move which increases the likelihood of collision.
  3. Don’t crowd slow moving machinery.
  4. Don’t stand on grain that is being moved. Every year, people “drown” in grain carts and bins. In 2014, a whopping 71 confined-space accidents were reported. That’s 71 too many.
  5. Keep children on the farm safe! If kids are working on the farm, assign kid age-appropriate duties. Watch them diligently and talk to them about the hazards of the farm. Also, watch for small children in the farm yard as machinery is coming and going.
  6. Get your BLS certification. This is something EVERYONE can benefit from. The ultimate goal is to minimize your risk and NOT have to use it, but if you’re ever in a situation your basic life support certification can be the difference between life and death.
  7. Farmers, make yourself seen!
  8. Grain Bins. Keep them locked when they’re not in use. Never enter a bin unless necessary. In this case use proper safety equipment (ladders, harnesses, face masks, etc.) Always have a helper nearby when entering grain bins.
  9. Don’t wear loose clothing around equipment or work areas.
  10. Outfit tractors and farm trucks with fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
  11. Don’t text and drive.