USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in July

By Erin Voegele | September 26, 2019

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from July, reporting that corn consumed for fuel ethanol was down when compared to both June 2019 and July 2018.  

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 508 million bushels in July, down less than 1 percent from the previous month and down 5 percent from July 2018. July usage included 91.3 percent for alcohol and 8.7 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for fuel alcohol fell to 451 million bushels in July, down 1 percent from the previous month and down 6 percent from July 2018. Corn consumed in July for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 90.4 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively.

Sorghum consumed for fuel ethanol production increased to 5.438 million hundredweight (cwt) (304,528 tons), up from 4.918 million cwt in June and 3.496 million cwt in July 2018.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production was at 108,366 tons, up from 97,365 tons in June, but down from 127,335 tons in July 2018. Corn oil production was at 165,477 tons, up from 164,366 tons in June, but down from 166,181 tons during the same month of last year. Distillers dried grains production was at 379,689 tons, up from 369,394 tons in June, but down from 390,080 tons in July 2018. Distillers dried grains with solubles production was at 1.99 million tons, up from 1.96 million tons in June, but down from 2.11 million tons in July of the previous year. Distillers wet grains production fell to 1.2 million tons, down from 1.29 million tons in June and 1.33 million tons in July 2018. Modified distillers wet grains production fell to 378,821 tons, down from 391,650 tons in June and 420,940 tons in July 2018.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production increased to 67,083 tons, up from 66,291 tons in June and 60,800 tons in July 2018. Corn gluten feed production was at 300,572 tons, up from 286,101 tons in June, but down from 321,447 tons in July of the previous year. Corn gluten meal production increased to 93,494 tons, up from 92,826 tons in June and 263,139 tons in July 2018. Wet corn gluten feed production was at 252,084 tons, up from 250,826 tons, in June, but down from 263,139 tons in July 2018.

At dry and wet mills, carbon dioxide captured fell to 254,014 tons, down from 260,283 tons in June and 260,461 tons in July 2018.