U.S. Corn for Fuel Ethanol, Feed and Other Use

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Production 7.1313 4.928681 7.531953 7.934028 7.474765 9.476698 6.33773 10.05052 7.400051 9.232557 9.206832 9.758685 9.430612 9.915051 9.50258 8.966787 10.087292 11.805581 11.112187 10.531123 13.037875 12.043203 13.067156 12.42533 12.313956 10.755111 13.828964 14.215532 13.6 15.14 14.6 14.62
Used for Ethanol 0.279146 0.287445 0.321446 0.349068 0.398264 0.42551 0.458259 0.532793 0.39568 0.428721 0.48773200000000005 0.5178200000000001 0.5658472 0.6298271999999999 0.70723846154 0.99550393701 1.1675477273 1.3232125283 1.6033244444 2.1194938519 3.0492140741 3.70888904 4.591157 5.018741 5 4.641 5.134 5.175 5.22 5.43 5.6 5.6
Source: United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service Feed Grain Yearbook. Total Production category and Feed and Residual Use category collected from Table 4, Produced for Other Uses category and Used for Ethanol category collected from Table 31. Last Accessed 1/10/2019.
Notes: Produced for Other Uses category is sum of food, seed, and industrial use other than for production of ethanol. 2018 values are preliminary.
This chart shows total U.S. corn use from 1986 to 2018. The overall trend has been one of increasing production. The amount of corn used for ethanol production increased substantially between 2001 and 2010, as nearly all gasoline was transitioned to 10% ethanol. The increased ethanol seems to have come from the increase in overall corn production and a small decrease in corn used for animal feed and other residual uses. The amount of corn used for other uses including human consumption has stayed fairly consistent from year to year. This long-term trend even held true during the drought of 2012 when production, ethanol usage, and feed usage all decreased substantially but other usage held steady. From 2013, the trend remains consistent with production and usage remaining relatively constant.

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