USDA: December corn use for ethanol up from November

By Erin Voegele | February 26, 2019

The USDA has released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from December, reporting that corned consumed for fuel alcohol was up slightly from the previous month, but down year-over-year.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses as 511 million bushels in December, up 2 percent from November, but down 5 percent from December 2017. December usage included 92 percent for alcohol and 8 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for beverage alcohol was at 2.55 million bushels in December, down 13 percent from November, but up 13 percent from the same month of the previous year.

Corn for fuel alcohol was at 461 million bushels, up 1 percent from November, but down 6 percent when compared to December 2017. Corn consumed for dry milling and wet milling fuel production as 90.5 percent and 9.5 percent, respectively.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production was at 3.045 million hundredweight (cwt) (170,520 tons), down from 5.314 million cwt in November, but up from 2.295 million cwt in December 2017.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production reached 133,380 tons, up from 128,805 tons in November and 124,098 tons the previous December. Corn oil production fell to 153,439 tons, down from 154,778 tons in November and 174,078 tons in December 2017. Distillers dried grains production fell to 238,422 tons, down from 376,137 tons in November and 442,427 tons in December of the previous year. Distillers dried grains with solubles production fell to 1.927 million tons, down from 1.93 million tons in November and 1.967 tons in December 2017. Distillers wet grains production was at 1.397 million tons, up from 1.345 million tons in November, but down from 1.431 million tons in December of the previous year. Modified distillers wet grain production fell to 466,681 tons, down from 471,972 tons in November and 511,763 tons in December 2017.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production was at 60,677 tons, up from 54,967 tons in November, but down from 71,732 tons in December 2017. Corn gluten feed production was at 390,178 tons, up from 285,362 tons in November, but down from 318,694 tons in December of the previous year. Corn gluten meal production was at 88,638 tons, up from 85,510 tons in November, but down from 91,092 tons in December 2017. Wet corn gluten feed production fell to 256,146 tons, down from 257,003 tons in November and 309,765 tons in December of the previous year.

At dry and wet mills, carbon dioxide captured reached 227,931 tons, up from 222,757 tons in November and 209,638 tons in December 2017.