USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in July

By Erin Voegele | September 27, 2018

The USDA recently released the September edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn used for fuel alcohol production reached 480 million bushels in July, up 4 percent from June and up 6 percent from July 2017. Corn consumed in July 2018 for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 91 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Total corn consumed in July for alcohol and other uses was 536 million bushels, up 4 percent from June and up 5 percent from July 2017. July usage included 91.6 percent from alcohol and 8.4 percent for other purposes. Corn consumed for beverage alcohol reached 3.29 million bushels, up 5 percent from June and up 7 percent from July of last year.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 3.496 million hundredweight (cwt) (195,776 tons) in July, down from 4.268 million cwt in June and 5.332 million cwt in July 2017.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production reached 127,335 tons, down from 140,033 tons in June and 142,865 tons in July 2017. Corn oil production increased to 166,181 tons, up from 160,521 tons in June and 157,669 tons in July of the previous year. Production of distillers dried grains reached 390,080 tons, up from 374,274 tons in June, but down from 462,098 tons in July 2017. Distillers dried grains with solubles production increased to 2.11 million tons, up from 2.02 million tons in June and 1.93 million tons in July 2017. Distillers wet grains production fell to 1.28 million tons, down slightly from June and down from 1.35 million tons in July 2017. Modifiled distillers wet grains production reached 420,940 tons, up from 403,381 tons in June, but down from 423,728 tons in July of the previous year.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production reached 60,800 tons, down from 62,405 tons in June, but up from 57,952 tons in July 2017. Production of corn gluten feed reached 321,447 tons, up from 301,896 tons in June, but down from 328,031 tons in July of the previous year. Corn gluten meal production reached 93,113 tons, down from 93,357 tons in June, but up from 85,087 tons in July 2017. Wet corn gluten feed production reached 263,139 tons, up from 262,168 tons in June, but down from 272,165 tons in July 2017.

Carbon dioxide captured at wet and dry mills increased to 260,461 tons, up from 241,457 tons in June and 207,049 tons in July 20147.