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Corn's rising role in fuel ethanol production
USAgNet - 09/27/2023

According to the USDA, corn is becoming a big deal in fuel ethanol production, with more of it being used in July than the month and year before.

In July, a whopping 504 million bushels of corn were used for alcohol and other stuff. That’s 2 percent more than June and 1 percent more than July last year. Most of it, 92 percent to be exact, was for making alcohol, and the rest had other cool purposes.

Diving into the numbers, 454 million bushels of corn went into making fuel alcohol. That’s 3 percent higher than June and 2 percent more than the same time last year. Breaking it down, 91.9 percent was for dry milling fuel and 8.1 percent for wet milling fuel.

But that’s not all! Corn used for making industrial alcohol hit 7.19 million bushels in July, rising from 6.26 million in June and 4.75 million last July. However, corn used for beverage alcohol took a little dip to 3.4 million bushels in July.

Talking about products from dry mills, there were ups and downs. Condensed distillers solubles production was 110,547 tons in July, a bit less than June but more than last July. Corn oil production was nearly steady, and distillers dried grains production jumped to 404,109 tons, higher than both June and last July. However, a few other products like distillers dried grains with solubles and modified distillers' grains saw some fluctuations.

All in all, it’s a time of growth and change for corn in the ethanol production world. With the rise and fall in numbers, it’s like watching corn pop – you never know which kernel will pop next!

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