USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up year-over-year in January

By Erin Voegele | March 06, 2018

The USDA has released new data showing 476 million bushels of corn went to fuel ethanol production in January, down 2 percent from December, but up 1 percent when compared to January 2017. Corn consumed in January 2018 for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 90.6 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively.

The data was released as part of the March edition of the USDA’s Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production Report. Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses reached 526 million bushels in January, down 2 percent from December and down slightly from January of the previous year.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production in January was withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production reached 147,329 tons in January, up from 124,098 tons in December and 132,952 tons in January 2017. Corn oil production reached 164,325 tons, down from 174,078 tons in December, but up from 146,305 tons the previous January. Distillers dried grains production fell to 406,648 tons in January, down from 422,427 tons in December and 430,929 tons in January 2017. Production of distillers dried grains with solubles reached 1.99 million tons, up from 1.97 million tons in December, but down from 2.07 million tons in January of the previous year. Distillers wet grains production increased to 1.44 million tons, up from 1.43 million tons in December and 1.39 million tons in January 2017. Modified distillers wet grains production also increased, reaching 512,520 tons, up from 511,763 tons in December and 44,897 tons in January 2017.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production fell to 62,669 tons, down from 71,732 tons in December and 66,031 tons in January 2017. Corn gluten feed production also fell, reaching 303,966 tons, down from 318,694 tons in December and 347,389 tons in January of the previous year. Corn gluten meal production increased to 91,519 tons, up from 91,092 tons in December and 90,593 tons in January 2017. Wet corn gluten feed production fell to 275,284 tons, down from 309,765 tons in December, and 315,420 tons in January 2017.

Carbon dioxide captured at dry and wet mills reached 208,318 tons, down from 209,638 tons in December, but up from 192,585 tons in January 2017.