USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in July

By Erin Voegele | September 02, 2016

The USDA has released its September Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, which includes data for July, noting total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 508 million bushels in July, up 6 percent from June and up 1 percent when compared to July 2015.

Corn for fuel alcohol production was 455 million bushels, up 7 percent from June and up 2 percent when compared to July 2015. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production was 89.5 percent, with 10.5 percent going to wet milling fuel production.

Dry mill condensed distillers solubles production reached 140,639 tons, up from 132,767 tons in June, but down from 150,631 tons in July 2015. Dry mill corn oil production reached 144,020 tons, up from 130,964 tons the prior month and 124,428 tons during the same month of last year. Dry mill distillers dried grains production was at 404,758 tons, up from 392,438 tons in June but down from 450,829 tons in July 2015. Dry mill distillers dried grains production was at 2.047 million tons in July, up from 1.893 million tons in June and up from 1.975 tons in July 2015. Dry mill wet grains production was at 1.224 million tons, up from 1.217 million tons in June and down from 1.274 million tons in July of the previous year. Dry mill modified distillers wet grains production was at 359,613 tons, up from 360,904 tons in June and 347,652 tons in July 2015.

Wet mill corn germ meal production was at 65,032 tons, up from 58,121 tons in June, but down from 68,528 tons in July 2015. Wet mill corn gluten feed production reached 339,700 tons, up from 331,812 tons in June and 333,828 tons in July of the previous year. Wet mill corn gluten meal production was at 89,125 tons, up from 84,034 tons in June, but down from 97,130 tons in July 2015. Wet mill corn oil reached 57,325 tons in July, up from 48,531 tons in June and 53,364 tons in July 2015. Wet mill wet corn gluten feed production was at 331,949 tons, up from 312,497 tons in June and 316,790 tons the previous July.

Carbon dioxide captured at wet and dry mills reached 230,934 tons, up from 228,221 tons in June and 222,712 tons in July 2015.

According to the USDA, approximately 5.98 million hundredweight (cwt) (334,880 tons) of sorghum was also consumed for fuel alcohol production in July, down slightly from 5.978 million cwt in June.

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