July 20, 2010

Corn carryout stable despite increase in ethanol production

Corn producers in Nebraska and across the country have continued to excel at producing more corn per acre – with yields continuing to advance despite weather that has not always cooperated.

When ethanol production began to ramp up across the country in 2005, there were some concerns about a shortage of corn – concerns which came to the forefront during the false “food versus fuel” debate two years ago.

As the chart shows below, corn carryout numbers have actually remained steady since ethanol production began to grow so quickly. Corn available for feed use has remained stable – and the ethanol plant-produced distillers grains has actually added a new lower-cost feed ingredient to the marketplace.

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