USDA: Corn use for fuel alcohol up slightly in November

By Erin Voegele | January 08, 2016

On Jan. 4, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service published the January edition of its Grain Crushing and Coproducts Production report, showing total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 484.5 million bushels in November. Total corn consumption was down 2 percent from October, and down slightly when compared to November 2014.

According to the report, corn for fuel alcohol was 435 million bushels, down 1 percent from October but up slightly from November 2014. Corn consumed in November for dry milling fuel production was 97.4 percent, while corn consumed for wet milling fuel production was 10.6 percent. Corn for beverage alcohol was 2.97 million bushels, up 14 percent from October but down slightly from November 2014. Corn from industrial alcohol was 46.94 million tons, down from 42.39 million tons in October and 41.86 million tons in November 2014.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production was 5.62 million hundredweight (cwt), up from 4.69 cwt in October and 2.07 cwt in November 2014.

Dry mill coproduct production of distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) was 1.94 million tons during November, down 1 percent from October, but up 9 percent from November 2015. Distillers dried grains (DGS) was 413,019 tons, down from 438,027 tons in October and 419,028 tons November 2014. Distillers wet grains (DWG) 65 percent or more moisture was 1.13 million metric tons during the month, down 8 percent from October, and down 17 percent from November 2014. Modified DWG of 40 to 64 percent moisture was 425,499 tons, up from 386,304 tons in October, but down from 472,819 tons in November 2014. Condensed distillers solubles (CDS) was 124,855 tons, down from 143,025 tons in October and 132,236 in November 2014. Corn oil production was 124,855 tons, down from 143,025 tons in October and 132,236 tons in November 2014.

Wet mill corn gluten feed production was 322,700 tons during November, down 1 percent from October but up 9 percent from November 2014. Wet corn gluten feed 40 to 60 percent moisture was 289,200 tons in November, down 3 percent from October and down 9 percent from November 2014. Corn germ meal was 67,645 tons in November, up from 62,784 tons in October and 66,384 tons in November 2014. Corn gluten meal was 84,505 tons, up from 83,213 tons in October, but down from 89,593 tons in November 2014. Corn oil production at wet mill facilities reached 53,297 tons, up from 48,676 tons in October and 40,980 tons in November 2014.

Carbon dioxide captured at both dry and wet mill facilities was 203,996 tons, down from 229,379 tons in October and 205,305 tons in November 2014.