USDA: Corn use for ethanol at 420.8 million bushels in February

By Erin Voegele | April 05, 2016

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has published the April edition of its grain crushing and coproducts production report, noting February corn consumed for fuel ethanol production was up when compared to the same month of the prior year.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses reached 470.2 million bushels in February, down 4 percent from January but up 7 percent when compared to February 2015. Corn for fuel alcohol was at 420.8 million bushels, down 5 percent from January and up 7 percent from the same month of the previous year. Approximately 89.7 percent of the corn that went to fuel production was consumed by dry mills, with 10.3 percent consumed by wet mills. 

Dry mill production of condensed distillers solubles was 122,291 tons, down from 133,919 tons in January and up from 128,271 tons in February 2015. Corn distillers oil production reached 123,806 tons, down slightly from 133,919 tons in January, but up significantly from 94,268 tons in February of the previous year. Distillers dried grains production reached 367,436 tons, down from 383,131 tons the previous month and 405,025 tons in February 2015. Distillers dried grains with solubles production was nearly 1.8 million tons, down from 1.87 million tons in January, but up from 1.62 million tons in February of the previous year. Distillers wet grains of 65 percent or more moisture was at 1.25 million tons, down from 1.31 million tons in January and 1.27 million tons in February 2015. Modified distillers wet grains of 40 to 64 percent moisture was 401,370 tons, down from 449,256 in January and 418,698 in February of the previous year.

Wet mill corn germ meal production reached 65,123 tons, up from 63,787 tons in January and 48,546 tons in February 2015. Corn gluten feed production was at 312,012 tons, down from 321,956 tons in January, but up from 283,990 tons in February 2015. Corn gluten meal production was at 83,643 tons, down from 87,266 tons in January and 80,855 tons in February of the prior year. Corn oil production reached 46,490 tons, up from 45,976 tons in January and 41,020 tons in February 2015. Wet corn gluten feed of 40 to 60 percent moisture was 277,343 tons, down from 291,882 tons in January, but up from 274,763 tons in February 2015.

Carbon dioxide captured at dry and wet mill facilities was at 190,033 tons, down from 202,150 tons in January, but up from 173,878 tons in February of last year.

Dry mill fuel alcohol plants also consumed 11,861 hundredweight (cwt) (664.22 tons) of sorghum in February, up from 6,757 cwt in January.