USDA: 440 million bushels of corn used for fuel alcohol in April

By Erin Voegele | June 06, 2019

The USDA has released the June edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data for April, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol was up from the prior month, but down from April 2018.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses fell to 493 million bushels in April, down slightly from March and down 1 percent from April 2018. April 2019 usage included 91.3 percent for alcohol and 8.7 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for fuel alcohol was at 440 million bushels, up slightly from March, but down 1 percent from April 2018. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 90.7 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production was at 4.418 million hundredweight (cwt) (247,408) tons, down from 5.167 million cwt in March, but up from 2.643 million cwt in April of the previous year.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production was at 127,703 tons, up from 115,583 tons in April, but down from 135,883 tons in April 2018. Corn oil production reached 150,114 tons, up from 148,717 tons in March and 144,813 tons in April of the previous year. Distillers dried grains production was at 376,775 tons, down from 386,413 tons in March, but up from 372,741 tons in April 2018. Distillers dried grains with solubles production reached 1.86 million tons, up slightly from March, and up from 1.83 million tons in April 2018. Distillers wet grain production was at 1.35 million tons, up from 1.34 million tons in March, but down from 1.39 million tons in April of the previous year. Modified distillers wet grains production was at 364,589 tons, up from 357,909 tons in March, but down from 485,841 tons in April 2018.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production reached 69,703 tons, up from 61,001 tons in March and 60,089 tons in April 2018. Corn gluten feed production fell to 296,681 tons, down from 304,047 tons in March and 304,716 tons in April of the previous year. Corn gluten meal production was at 91,364 tons, up from 88,890 tons in March, but down from 91,427 tons in April 2018. Wet corn gluten feed production was at 253,959 tons, up from 224,850 tons in March, but down from 254,638 tons in April of the previous year.

At dry and wet mills, carbon dioxide captured was at 223,667 tons, down from 242,832 tons in March, but up from 216,215 tons in April 2018.