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Propane Being Used to Grow Better Crops

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UNDATED- Propane is doing more than just firing up the grill. Some farmers are using the gas to grow better crops. 

Agricultural experts say propane has many benefits to offer the farming world. It is safe, clean and becoming the wave of the future for organic farmers. Experts say propane-generated heat eliminates the weeds that could potentially kill a farmer's crops. In addition, it is not harmful to soil or water. Experts also say propane reduces soil erosion and keeps the soil moist.

Dave Outten of Suburban Propane said this new method is much safer than other chemical treatments.

"It's definitely a healthier and safer alternative," Outten said. "There's no chemicals going into the ground and there's no chemicals going on the actual plant itself."

Agricultural officials want to make propane a key part of organic farming by 2007. Because of the growing organic market, the propane industry has already invested $1.1 million in organic farming.


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