CAIR: Corn crush for ethanol, DDGS both down 7 percent in April

By Susanne Retka Schill | June 08, 2015

Corn for fuel alcohol, at 409.0 million bushels, was down 7 percent from March but up 3 percent from the short month of February, as reported by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in the monthly Current Agricultural Industry Report released June1.

Corn used for purposes other than fuel production totaled 44.9 million bushels, up 1 percent from March and up 19 percent from February. The total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 463.8 million bushels in April. Total corn consumption was down 6 percent from March but up 5 percent from February. April usage included 90.3 percent for alcohol and 9.7 percent for other purposes. Corn for beverage alcohol totaled 3.30 million bushels, up 34 percent from March and up 22 percent from February. Corn consumed in April for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 89.6 percent and 10.4 percent respectively.

Dry mill co-product production of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) was 1.69 million tons during April, down 7 percent from March but up 3 percent from February 2015. Distillers wet grains (DWG) 65 percent or more moisture was 1.20 million tons in April, down 5 percent from March 2015 but up 5 percent from February 2015. The accompanying table shows production levels for other forms of distillers and corn oil.

Wet mill corn gluten feed production was 313,900 tons during April 2015, down 5 percent from March 2015 but up 11 percent from February 2015. Wet corn gluten feed 40 to 60 percent moisture was 314,000 tons in April 2015, up 2 percent from March 2015 and up 14 percent from February 2015. Carbon dioxide capture by dry and wet mills total 209,000 tons for April, up from 198,600 tons in March.