NEW YORK (AP) _ Heating oil futures leaped higher Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, pulling other energy products up with them.

Heating oil prices rocketed 5 percent higher as distillate fuel supplies tightened with farmers filling their tractors for spring planting.

Exacerbating the distillate supply crunch were continued operating problems at an Exxon Mobil unit in Joliet, Ill. The unit, which produces 240,000 barrels a day of diesel fuel, is a main source for Midwestern farm suppliers.

May heating oil rose 3.07 cents to 69.47 cents a gallon.

Crude oil prices, meanwhile, also were buoyed by news that Motiva was delaying the restart of a 90,000-barrels-a-day gasoline-producing unit at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, by two to three weeks.

May crude rose 32 cents to $25.89 a barrel, May unleaded gasoline rose 2.16 cents to 81.98 cents a gallon and May natural gas rose 8 cents to $3.158 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In London, June Brent crude from the North Sea rose 33 cents to $22.74 a barrel on the International Petroleum Exchange.