USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in November, sorghum use up

By Erin Voegele | February 15, 2019

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Product Production report with data for November, indicating corn use for fuel ethanol was down during the month. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up.

According to the report, corn consumed for alcohol and other uses in November 2018 reached 504 million bushels, down 1 percent from October and down 4 percent from November 2017. November usage included 92 percent for alcohol and 8 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for beverage alcohol totaled 2.94 million bushels, down 11 percent from October and down 15 percent from November 2017.

Corn use for fuel ethanol production was 455 million bushels for the month, down 1 percent from October and down 4 percent from November 2017. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 90.9 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol reached 5.314 million hundredweight (cwt) (297,584 tons), up from 4.588 million cwt in October and 2.867 cwt in November 2017.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production was at 128,805 tons, up from 124,404 tons in October, but down from 133,982 tons in November 2017. Corn oil production fell to 154,778 tons, down from 157,945 tons in October and 175,219 tons in November of the previous year. Distillers dried grains production fell to 376,137 tons, down from 378,003 tons in October and 430,224 tons in November 2017. Distillers dried grains with solubles production fell to 1.93 million tons, down from 1.97 million tons in October and nearly 2 million tons in November of the previous year. Distillers wet grains production fell to 1.35 million tons down from 1.35 million tons in October and 1.38 million tons in November 2017. Modified distillers wet grains production was at 472,972 tons, up from 452,669 tons in October, but down from 476,566 tons in November 2017.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production fell to 54,967 tons, down from 61,021 tons in October and 95,999 tons in November of the previous year. Corn gluten feed production was at 285,362 tons, up from 282,713 tons in October, but down from 311,957 tons in November 2017. Corn gluten meal production fell to 85,510 tons, down from 90,899 tons in October and 90,366 tons in November of the previous year. Wet corn gluten feed production was at 257,003 tons, up from 245,681 tons in October, but down from 303,209 tons in November 2017.

At wet and dry mills, carbon dioxide captured was at 222,757 tons, down from 252,895 tons in October, but up from 207,728 tons in November 2017.