Propane stole the headlines in the 2013–2014 heating season. The industry explained the situation as an imbalance of supply caused by transportation and storage issues and heavy use by agriculture in the fall of 2013. There was no lack of gas, just not enough where the cold weather raised demand. Cold weather, last year's wet corn crop, and changes to pipeline operations contributed to the supply–and–demand scenario.
A late harvest in Nebraska coincided with harvest in nearly every other Midwest state. Wet weather produced a wetter–than–normal corn crop. This led farmers to buy propane to fuel the drying machines used on the corn before it was stored. Three hundred (300) million gallons of propane were used to dry crops in the Midwest in the fall of 2013 whereas 65 million gallons were used in 2012.
Less propane arrived from Canada due to Canada's high demand and the reversal of the Cochin pipeline.
Cold weather set in earlier than expected, which increased heating demand for homes and businesses.
In November 2013, the United States became a net exporter of propane for the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration began tracking exports in 1973. Exports rose to a record 410,000 barrels per day.
Nebraska propane prices skyrocketed along with prices in other Midwestern states.