UDSA: Corn use for fuel ethanol down 6% in August

By Erin Voegele | October 25, 2019

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from August, reporting that corn use for ethanol production was up slightly from July, but down 6 percent when compared to August 2018.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 508 million bushels in August, up slightly from July, but down 6 percent from August 2018. August 2019 usage included 91.4 percent for alcohol and 8.6 percent for other purposes.

Corn use for fuel alcohol was at 455 million bushels, up 1 percent from July, but down 6 percent from August 2018. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 90.3 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively.

 Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production increased to 6.115 million hundredweight (cwt) (342,440 tons), up from 5.438 million cwt in July and 3.455 million cwt in August 2018.

 At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production fell to 95,690 tons, down from 108,366 tons in July and 135,308 tons in August 2018. Corn oil production fell to 163,646 tons, down from 165,477 tons in July and 166,106 tons in August of the previous year. Distillers dried grains production fell to 336,043, down from 379,689 tons the previous month and 394,908 tons in August 2018. Distillers dried grains with solubles production was at 2.01 million tons, up from 1.99 tons in July, but down from 2.19 tons in August of the previous year. Distillers wet grains production was at 1.28 million tons, up from 1.2 million tons in July, but down from 1.31 million tons in August 2018. Modified distillers wet grains production increased to 409,285 tons, up from 378,821 tons in July and 402,346 tons in August 2018.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production was at 58,475 tons, down from 67,083 tons in July, but up from 55,012 tons in August 2018. Corn gluten feed production was at 306,375 tons, up from 300,572 tons in July, but down from 325,547 tons in August 2018. Corn gluten meal production fell to 90,513 tons, down from 93,494 tons in July and 91,947 tons in August of the previous year. Wet corn gluten feed production increased to 261,243 tons, up from 252,084 tons in July and 256,268 tons in August 2018.

At dry and wet mills, carbon dioxide captured was at 266,355 tons, up from 254,014 tons in July, but down from 282,872 tons in August 2018.