September corn use for ethanol production up year-over-year

By Erin Voegele | November 29, 2018

Corn consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 449 million bushels in September, down 7 percent from August, but up 1 percent from September 2017. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 91.5 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively.

The data was included in the November edition of USDA’s Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report. According to the report, total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 501 million bushels in September, down 7 percent from August, but up 1 percent from September of the previous year.

The report also shows 4.29 million hundredweight (cwt) (240,240 tons) of sorghum was consumed for fuel alcohol production in September, up from 3.455 million cwt in August and 2.391 million cwt in September 2017.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production fell to 131,317 tons, down from 134,308 tons in August and 135,061 tons in September 2017. Corn oil production was at 155,284 tons, down from 166,106 tons in August, but up from 149,792 tons in September 2017. Distillers dried grains production fell to 376,510 tons, down from 394,908 tons in August and 454,220 tons in September of the previous year. Distillers dried grains with solubles production was at 1.95 million metric tons, down from 2.19 million metric tons in August, but up from 1.85 million metric tons in September 2017. Distillers wet grains production was at 1.96 million metric tons, down from 1.31 million metric tons in August, but up from 1.28 million metric tons the previous September. Modified distillers wet grains production was at 408,980 tons, up from 702,346 tons in August, but down from 419,900 tons in September 2017.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production was at 59,668 tons, up from 55,012 tons in August, but down from 85,798 tons in September 2017. Corn gluten feed production fell to 293,548 tons, down from 325,547 tons in August and 321,506 tons the previous September. Corn gluten meal production fell to 83,262 tons, down from 91,947 tons in August and 87,322 tons in September 2017. Wet corn gluten feed production fell to 229,183 tons, down from 256,268 tons in August and 279,654 tons in September 2017.

At dry and wet mill plants, carbon dioxide captured was at 260,179 tons, down from 282,872 tons in August, but up from 216,846 tons in September 2017.