Corn use for fuel ethanol at 462 million bushels in October

By Erin Voegele | December 31, 2018

The USDA recently released the December edition of its Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report, noting corn use for fuel ethanol was at 462 million bushels in October, up 4 percent from September, but down 2 percent from October 2017.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was at 513 million bushels in October, up 3 percent from September, but down 2 percent from October 2017. October usage included 92 percent for alcohol and 8 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for beverage alcohol reached 3.29 million bushels, up 17 percent from September and up 11 percent from October 2017.

Of the 462 million bushels that went to fuel ethanol production, 90.6 percent went to dry milling fuel production and 9.4 percent went to wet milling fuel production.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 4.588 million hundredweight (cwt) (256,928 tons), up from 4.29 million cwt in September and 2.419 million cwt in October 2017.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production fell to 124,404 tons, down from 131,317 tons in September and 136,200 tons the previous October. Corn oil production was at 128,678 tons, up from 155,284 tons in September 2018, but down from 169,314 tons in October 2017. Distillers dried grains production was at 378,003 tons, up from 376,510 tons in September, but down from 449,199 tons in October 2017. Distillers dried grains with solubles production reached 1.98 million tons, up from 1.93 million tons in September and 1.96 million tons in October 2017. Distillers wet grains production reached 1.35 million tons, up from 1.3 million tons in September and 1.34 million tons in October 2017. Modified distillers wet grains production reached 456,259 tons, up from 408,473 tons in September and 443,221 tons in October 2017.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production was at 61,021 tons, up from 59,667 tons in September, but down from 90,646 tons in October 2017. Corn gluten feed production fell to 282,713 tons, down from 293,548 tons in September and 353,394 tons in October 2017. Corn gluten meal production was at 90,899 tons, up from 83,183 tons in September, but down from 302,618 tons in October of the previous year. Wet corn gluten feed production was at 245,681 tons, up from 229,183 tons in September, but down from 302,618 tons in October 2017.

At dry and wet mill plants, carbon dioxide captured was at 252,895 tons, down from 260,179 tons in September, but up from 225,146 tons in October 2017.