USDA: Corn crush for fuel ethanol up 2 percent in June

By Susanne Retka Schill | September 04, 2015

Corn consumption for ethanol and other industrial uses has been relatively stable in the past three months. The survey-based USDA Grain Crushings and Co-products report showed total corn consumption for industrial uses in July was 501 million bushels, up 2 percent in July from June’s data, but down 1 percent from May. July usage included 91.2 percent for alcohol and 8.8 percent for other purposes.

The corn crush for fuel alcohol, at 448 million bushels, comprised the vast majority. Corn for fuel alcohol in July was up 2 percent from June but down slightly from May.  Corn for beverage alcohol totaled 2.65 million bushels. Corn consumed in July 2015 for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 89.5 percent and 10.5 percent respectively.

Dry mill coproduct production of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) was 2.00 million tons during July, up 1 percent from June and up 6 percent from May. Distillers wet grains (DWG -- 65 percent or more moisture) was 1.14 million tons in July, up slightly from June but down 7 percent from May 2015. Dry mill corn oil production was 125,000 tons, up from June’s 121,000 tons and May’s 118,000 tons.

Wet mill corn gluten feed production was 333,800 tons during July, up 4 percent from June but down 5 percent from May. Wet corn gluten feed (40 to 60 percent moisture) was 315,100 tons in July, up 3 percent from June but down 3 percent from May.