USDA: March corn use for ethanol up 10% from February

By Erin Voegele | May 22, 2019

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

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 495 million bushels in March, up 10 percent from February, but down 6 percent from March 2018. March 2019 usage included 91.4 percent for alcohol and 8.6 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for fuel alcohol reached 442 million bushels, up 10 percent from February, but down 7 percent from March 2018. Corn consume in March 2019 for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 91.1 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.

Sorghum consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 5.167 million hundredweight (cwt) (289,352 tons), up from 5.054 million cwt in February and up from 2.232 million cwt in March 2018.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production was at 115,583 tons, up from 109,504 tons in February, but down from 145,808 tons in March 2018. Corn oil production was at 142,623 tons, up from 132,627 tons in February, but down from 148,490 tons in March 2018. Distillers dried grains production was at 386,413 tons, up from 336,464 tons in February, but down from 417,190 tons the previous March. Distillers dried grains with solubles production was at 1.86 million tons, up from 1.69 tons in February, but down from 1.94 tons in March 2018. Distillers wet grains production was at 1.34 million tons, up from 1.21 tons in February, but down from 1.41 tons in March of the previous year. Modified distillers wet grains production fell to 361,624 tons, down from 427,761 tons in February and 509,088 tons in March 2018.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production reached 61,001 tons, up from 56,218 tons in February and 58,359 tons in March 2018. Corn gluten feed production was at 304,047 tons, up from 250,857 tons in February, but down from 319,757 tons in March 2018. Corn gluten meal production was at 88,890 tons, up from 77,454 tons in February, but down from 97,157 tons in March 2018. Wet corn gluten feed production was at 224,850 tons, up slightly from 224,333 tons in February, but down from 276,350 tons in March of the previous year.

At dry and wet mill facilities carbon dioxide captured reached 242,832 tons, up from 221,058 tons in February and 210,775 tons in March 2018.