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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.

WHAT IS PROPANE?

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.

KNOW THE ODOR OF PROPANE

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.

IF YOU SMELL A LEAK

  • 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!