USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in January

By Erin Voegele | March 28, 2019

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from January, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol was down. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 493 million bushels in January, down 4 percent from December and down 6 percent from January 2018. January usage included 92.1 percent for alcohol and 7.9 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for fuel alcohol fell to 444 million bushels, down 4 percent from December and down 7 percent from January 2018. Corn consumed in January for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 91.3 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 4.883 million hundredweight (cwt) (273,448 tons), up from 3.045 cwt in December. The USDA did not report the volume of sorghum consumed for fuel ethanol production for January 2018, noting that data was withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production fell to 118,145 tons, down from 134,094 tons in December and 147,329 tons in January 2018. Corn oil production fell to 148,896 tons, down from 152,918 tons in December and 164,325 tons in January of the previous year. Distillers dried grains production was at 369,647 tons, up from 357,196 tons in December, but down from 406,648 tons in January 2018. Distillers dried grains with solubles production fell to 1.82 million tons, down from 1.92 million tons in December and 1.99 million tons in January of the previous year. Distillers wet grains production fell to 1.3 million tons, down from 1.4 million tons in December and 1.44 million tons in January 2018. Modified distillers wet grains production fell to 469,787 tons in January, down from 471,469 tons in December and 512,250 tons in January 2018.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production was at 61,166 tons, up from 60,677 tons in December, but down from 62,669 tons in January 2018. Corn gluten feed production fell to 263,218 tons, down from 290,178 tons in December and 303,966 tons in January of the previous year. Corn gluten meal production fell to 84,214 tons, down from 88,638 tons in December and 91,519 tons in January 2018. Wet corn gluten feed production fell to 253,103 tons, down from 256,146 tons in December and 275,284 tons the previous January.

At wet and dry mills, carbon dioxide captured reached 261,241 tons, up from 228,754 tons, in December and 208,318 tons in January 2018.