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Blame it on a harvesting delay, but the fact still remains that U.S. ethanol output slipped by 3.4 percent – to 841,000 barrels a day – in late September, the lowest per-day output in 2011.
Some say fall maintenance of corn crops are to blame, others claim a delayed harvest is at fault, but the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on Wednesday that U.S. ethanol production in the seven days prior to September 23 dropped by 30,000 barrels a day, compared to the previous week, hitting its lowest point since September of 2010.

Linn Group analyst Jerrod Kitt, predicts that corn is "getting mighty bare at some facilities," which fits with the supply meme. On the other hand, the EIA says reduced demand for gasoline contributed to the dip in ethanol output and a 1.6-percent rise in ethanol reserves.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      freekybig53
      • 3 Years Ago
      The economy is so bad that farmers have figured out that they can sell it for drinking and make more than selling it to mix with gasoline !! That is why when Russia was sliding downhill ,the government endorsed the drinking of Vodka ,drunk citizens are less apt to complain about poor government or even care one way or the other !!
      rivertrat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, something is headed in the right direction. End ethanol production altogether and you'll be doing everyone a favor
      tbot48
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whole dam crop can crash as far as I am concerned... Alcohol in gas has been one of the EPA biggest boondogles... The corrupt EPA is in bed with every lobbying special interest group and every self proclaimed conservationist with a liberal arts degree.... Idiots all...
      susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ethanol was to be cheaper than gasoline. I was using it until it hit the same price, so why bother? The gas prices have dropped a few cents, and it seems Ethanol hasnt.
        vtmilitia
        • 3 Years Ago
        @susan
        Ethanol is heavily subsidised by the government. Gas is controled by the free market with limits put on retail mark up. There you go.
      Brian Workman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stop using ethanol because the cost of my Corn Flakes has gone through the roof, do to the lack of corn available.
        rini1946
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian Workman
        your right and and does not save you any money because the milage when you use it is about 10% lower and as brian says cornflakes cost enough. oh almost forgot the goverment is spending a arm and a leg with grant to the procucers.
      okitori
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't you worry--the "greenies" will tell us all what we need--who cares what it costs. Obama already told us during his campaign that our energy costs would "necessarily skyrocket." We didn't believe him but guess he was serious. I wish these environmentalists would go to China, India, Mexico, etc and help them improve.
      jerachrome
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ethanol was a "feel good" alternative to ease our guilt about consuming gasoline, but objectively it was never much good. It decreased fuel efficiency and increased engine wear by combusting at higher temperatures. Gasoline is really the best portable fuel available. If there were anything better, then the military would be using it. So, what we really need is plenty of cheap gasoline, and we could readily achieve that with a national commitment to nuclear power. With abundant and reliable nuclear power we can synthesize gasoline from natural gas, coal, and any convenient organic substance, and say goodbye to imported oil. There is enough thorium to power nuclear plants for the next 100,000 years, ending our energy and related worries for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, many Americans are terrified by nuclear power. To put that fear in perspective, consider how it must have been when man first discovered fire. The naysayers then grunted, "Stay away from fire. It will turn the planet into an uninhabitable cinder." The naysayers against nuclear power are no different today, except some of them have vested interests in coal and oil. Wake up America! It's time to usher in a new era of abundant and reliable energy, and unprecedented prosperity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Corn is highly used to feed farm animals. Just a year ago, you could buy 50lbs for around 6 bucks (already high) This year it costs anywhere between 9 and 11 bucks. The reason..............ethanol, a worthless product that is costing americans billions.
      sevenv
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was a home spawned threat from the '70s that broke the Arab oil embargo,home grown idea from Americas heartland ,via small farmers..............It flatout scared OPEC......Big OIL did not have control of it ,or understand its short comiings therefore they had to back down ..............America,(the people), had a VERY powerful weopon that our enemies ,(both foreign AND domestic),had to back away from ..............Today Big Oil understands it,markets and controls it ,pays its lobbyists ,to make it a legal and manditory additive,and to make sure it is rammed down the public throat !!..........There are OTHER alternatives to oil that flow like oil and can be man-made, and that can be made non-corrosive to vital automotive sub-systems .......BUT Big Oil,(and OPEC),do not want this.....TRUE compitition is not in BIG OIL best interest ,.....because it would remove its stranglehold on the USA,and most importantly it would almost overnight greatly reduce their cash flow ,...Uh UH
      lulu0510
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are we wasting a valuable food crop when there is a century worth of fuel under our feet? Mid east countries have oil. They dont have food crops. Let's reverse our trade imbalance. The Arab Spring was caused in part by food shortages and high prices. The economic and political stakes are tremendous as well as our national security. Even China has to look overseas for her food supplies. Our biggest asset may well be our 'amber waves of grain. " So let's start drilling and planting so the next generation can see why their parents call it 'America the Beautiful "
      mallen1971
      • 3 Years Ago
      They knew 6 years ago that ethanol is inefficient. Why do we continue down this path? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8607389/ns/business-oil_and_energy/t/research-shows-ethanol-isnt-worth-energy/
        lulu0510
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mallen1971
        Corrupt politicians , that's why!! Vote them out of office and you'll see whatr a change there will be.
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