Corn use for ethanol reached 444.5 million bushels in December

By Erin Voegele | February 01, 2016

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has published the February edition of its Grain Crushing and Coproducts Production report, showing total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was 444.5 million bushels.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 495.5 million bushels in December, up 2 percent from November, but down 3 percent when compared to December 2014. December usage included 91.6 percent for alcohol and 8.4 percent for other purposes.

According to the report, the 444.5 million bushels of corn that went to fuel alcohol production was up 2 percent from November, but down 3 percent compared to December 2014. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production was 88.7 percent, with corn consumed for wet milling fuel production at 11.3 percent.

Dry mill condensed distillers solubles (CDS–syrup), was 134,196 tons, up from 124,855 tons in November, but down from 172,082 tons in December 2014. Dry mill corn oil production reached 131,811 tons, up from 130,938 tons the prior month and 97,380 during the month of the previous year. Distillers dried grains (DDG) was 4223,632 tons, up from 413,019 tons in November, but down from 448,551 tons in December 2014. Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) was 1.97 million tons in December, up from 1.94 million tons in November, but down from 1.92 million tons in December 2014. Distillers wet grains (DWG) of 65 percent or more moisture was 1.27 million tons, up from 1.13 million tons in November, but down from 1.41 million tons in December 2014. Modified DWG of 40-60 percent moisture was 445,735 tons, up from 425,499 tons in November, but down from 503,258 tons in the same month of the previous year.

Wet mill corn germ meal was 69,669 tons, up from 97,645 tons in November, but down from 75,031 tons in December 2014. Corn gluten feed was 340,460 tons, up from 322,741 the previous month, and 329,431 tons in December 2014. Corn gluten meal was 88,921 tons, up from 84,505 tons in November, but down from 94,777 tons in December 2014. Wet mill corn oil production was 57,578 tons, up from 53,597 the previous month, and up from 44,551 during the same month of the previous year. Wet corn gluten feed 40-60 percent moisture was 307,874 tons, up from 289,171 tons in November, but down from 339,077 tons in December 2014.

Carbon dioxide captured at wet and dry mill plants reached 211,352 tons in December, up from 203,996 in November, but down from 217,311 in December 2014.

Sorghum consumed in dry mill plants reached 7.62 million hundredweight (cwt) (426,496 tons), up from 5.62 cwt in November, and 889,000 cwt in December 2014.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded on the USDA website.