USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol down slightly in June

By Erin Voegele | August 23, 2019

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from June, reporting that corn consumed for fuel ethanol was down slightly from both the previous month and June 2018.

Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 509 million bushels in June, down 1 percent from May and down 2 percent from June 2018. June 2019 usage included 91.5 percent for alcohol and 8.5 percent for other purposes.

Corn consumed for fuel alcohol fell to 457 million bushels, down 1 percent from May and down 1 percent from the same month of last year. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production and wet milling fuel production was 91.1 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.

Sorghum consumed for fuel ethanol production reached 4.918 million hundredweight (cwt) (275,408 tons), down from 5.176 million cwt in May, but up from 4.268 cwt in June 2018.

At dry mills, condensed distillers solubles production fell to 97,312 tons, down from 115,995 tons the previous month and 140,033 tons in June 2018. Corn oil production increased to 164,425 tons, up from 157,623 tons in May and 160,521 tons in June of the previous month. Distillers dried grains production fell to 369,394 tons, down from 401,171 tons in May and 374,274 tons in June 2018. Distillers dried grains with solubles production was at 1.96 million tons, up from 1.94 million tons in May, but down from 2.02 million tons in June of the previous year. Distillers wet grains production fell to 1.29 million tons, down from 1.34 million tons in May and 1.31 million tons in June of the previous year. Modified distillers grain production fell to 392,472 tons, down from 456,572 tons in May and 403,381 tons in June 2018.

At wet mills, corn germ meal production was at 66,291 tons in June, down from 68,852 tons the previous month, but up from 61,405 tons in June 2018. Corn gluten feed production fell to 286,101 tons, down from 298,347 tons in May and 301,896 tons in June of last year. Corn gluten meal production fell to 92,107 tons, down from 93,185 tons in May and 93,357 tons in June 2018. Wet corn gluten feed production fell to 250,826 tons, down from 269,967 tons in May and 262,168 tons in June 2018.

At dry and wet mills, carbon dioxide captured increased to 260,283 tons in June, up from 235,559 tons in May and 241,457 tons in June of last year.