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USDA maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol in December WASDE

By Erin Voegele

The USDA maintained its forecast for 2022-’23 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Dec. 9. The 2022-’23 outlook for corn is for lower exports and greater ending stocks.

The USDA lowered its forecast for 2022-’23 corn exports by 75 million bushels as competition from other exporters and relatively high U.S. prices have resulted in slow sales and shipments through early December. With no other use changes, corn ending stocks are raised 75 million bushels. The season-average corn price received by producers is lowered 10 cents to $6.70 per bushel based on observed prices to date.

In the December WASDE, USDA maintained its forecast for 2022-’23 corn use in ethanol at 5.275 billion bushels, down from an estimated 5.326 billion bushels in 2021-’22 and 5.028 billion bushels in 2020-’21.

Foreign corn production is reduced with forecast declines for Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and Vietnam. Ukraine production is sharply lower with reduction to both area and yield as the ongoing conflict and record-setting autumn rainfall have delayed the harvest in key producing oblasts of Poltava, Sumy and Cherkasy. Russia corn production is lowered as harvest delays in the country reduce area expectations.

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