USDA: Corn consumption for fuel ethanol up in October

By Erin Voegele | December 04, 2015

USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service recently released its December Grain Crushings and Coproducts Production report, noting total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 495.8 million bushels in October.

Total corn consumption was up 4 percent from September 2015 and up 4 percent from October 2014. Corn for fuel alcohol, at 444.1 million bushels, was up 4 percent from September and up 4 percent from October 2014. Corn consumed in October 2015 for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 89.8 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively.

According to the USDA, dry mill coproduct production of distillers dried grains with solubles was 1.95 million in October, up 2 percent from the previous month and 5 percent compared to October 2014. Distillers wet grains of 66 percent or more moisture was 1.23 million tons in October, up 5 percent from September and down 8 percent from October 2014.

Wet mill corn gluten feed production was 326.1 thousand tons during October 2015, up 4 percent from September and up 2 percent from October 2014. Wet corn gluten feed 40 to 60 percent moisture was 297,000 tons in October 2015, up 4 percent from September but down 7 percent from October 2014.

Dry mill corn oil production was 128,337 tons, up from 117,622 tons in September and 107,516 tons in October 2014. Wet mill corn oil production was 48,676 tons in October, up from 42,605 tons in September and 47,405 tons in October 2014.

Carbon dioxide capture at wet and dry mill plants was 229,391 tons, up from 210,625 tons in September, but below the 240,056 tons captured in October 2014.