Ethanol production accounts for about one third of the annual U.S. corn crop. But that doesn’t mean ethanol production is stagnant reports the Capital Journal.
Corn production is rising, reflecting higher yields, and ethanol production is growing along with it, says David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University Extension bioenergy specialist.
Some positive developments for ethanol:
- U.S. corn ethanol exports reached a record 1.4 billion gallons in the 2016/2017 marketing year
- U.S. ethanol production reached a record 15.8 billion gallons in 2017
- Trump administration has begun working on regulations to allow for the year-round sale of E15
- Growing doubt that China will be able to meet its goal of increasing ethanol use by 2020
Read the full report at the Capital Journal.