USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol production up in May

By Erin Voegele | July 20, 2018

The USDA has released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for July, announcing corn use for fuel alcohol reached 470 million bushels in May, up 6 percent from April and up 4 percent when compared to May 2017. Corn consumed in May for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 91.5 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively.

Total corn consumed in May for alcohol and other uses reached 524 million bushels in May, up 5 percent from April and up 3 percent from May 201. May usage included 91.8 percent for alcohol and 8.6 percent for other purposes. Of the volume used for alcohol production, 2.92 million bushels went to beverage alcohol production.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production was not reported for May. The USDA attributed the failure to report sorghum usage to an insufficient number of reports to establish an estimate. In April, 2.643 million hundredweight (cwt) (148,008 tons) of sorghum was consumed for fuel ethanol production. In May 2017, sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol reached 6.563 million cwt.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production reached 137,929 tons in May, up from 135,883 tons in April, but down from 146,225 tons in May 2017. Corn oil production reached 159,718 tons, up from 144,813 tons in April and 148,544 tons in May 2017. Distillers dried grains production reached 392,070 tons in May, up from 372,741 tons in April, but down from 435,640 tons in May of the previous year. Distillers dried grains with solubles production reached 1.97 million tons on May, up from 1.83 million tons in April, and 1.91 million tons in May 2017. Distillers wet grains production reached nearly 1.4 million tons, up from 1.39 million tons in April and 1.38 million tons in May 2017. Modified distillers wet grains production reached 467,398 tons in May, down from 485,841 tons in April, but up from 460,432 tons in May of the previous year.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production reached 62,146 tons, up from 60,089 tons in April, but down from 63,302 tons in May 2017. Corn gluten feed production reached 291,542 tons in May, down from 304,716 tons in April and 341,167 tons in May 2017. Corn gluten meal production reached 92,487 tons, up from 91,427 tons in April and 91,895 tons in May of the previous year. Wet corn gluten feed production reached 280,979 tons, up from 254,638 tons in April, but down from 313,876 tons in May 2017.

At dry and wet mills, carbon dioxide captured reached 214,508 tons in May, down from 216,215 tons in April, but up from 201,035 tons in May 2017.