The USDA recently released its Grain Milling and Co-Products Production report for December, indicating that the use of corn for fuel ethanol production was up from the previous month and the same period of 2020.
Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 539 million bushels in December 2021, up 4% from the previous month and 12% from December 2020. Use in December included 92 .5% for alcohol and 7.5% for other purposes.
Corn consumed for fuel alcohol reached 486 million bushels, up 4% from November 2021 and 13% from December 2020. Corn consumed for dry milling fuel production and Wet milling fuel production was 92% and 8%, respectively.
The USDA withheld the volume of sorghum used to produce fuel ethanol in December to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
In dry mills, condensed soluble distillers production reached 94,168 tons, compared to 87,051 tons in November and 74,497 tons in December 2020. Corn oil production increased to 194,497 tons, against 187,291 tons the previous month and 160,259 tons in December of the previous year. Distillery dried cereal production reached 383,196 tonnes, compared to 379,071 tonnes in November and 364,532 tonnes in December 2020. Distillery dried cereal production reached 2.07 million tonnes, compared to 2 million tonnes in November and 1.79 tons in December of the previous year. Production of wet cereals by distillers reached 1.42 million tons, compared to 1.33 million tons the previous month and 1.09 million tons in the same month of the previous year. Wet grain production from modified distillers reached 546,625 tons, compared to 515,758 tons in November and 435,648 tons in December 2020.
In the wet mills, corn germ meal production reached 63,314 tonnes, compared to 61,842 tonnes in November and 47,715 tonnes in December 2020. Corn gluten feed production was 285,387 tonnes, compared to 278 434 tons the previous month, but down from 309,298 tons in the same period. month of the previous year. Corn gluten meal production fell to 107,003 tonnes from 110,303 tonnes in November and 113,754 tonnes in December 2020. Corn gluten wet feed production increased to 214,346 tonnes from 211,260 tonnes in November and 185,187 tons in December of the previous year.
In the dry and wet factories, the carbon dioxide captured reached 251,666 tonnes, compared to 219,586 tonnes in November and 185,563 tonnes in December 2020.