Ethanol Industry Approaches 1 Million Barrels a Day Production

The Barrel is a blog done by Platts (a division of McGraw Hill) and their recent post indicated that Ethanol production is approaching 1 million barrels a day.  This equates to about 42 million gallons a day.  Ethanol margins have nearly doubled from 2013 and are approaching $1 per gallon.

However, with the continued decrease in crude oil and gasoline prices, these margins will start to erode assuming crude stays low.  Gasoline demand has been increasing for several weeks now and is currently at 9.22 million barrels per day.  The four-week rolling average of ethanol blending rate is at 9.34% which is well below the dreaded 10% ethanol blend wall.

Continued high ethanol production has led to high profits for ethanol producers (we know many of our farmers with ethanol investments will have income tax issues this year) and this continues to keep corn prices higher than they might otherwise be.

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Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at agweb.com. Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation. Leave a comment for Paul. If you would like to leave a comment for Paul, follow the link above, however, please make sure to include your email address so that he can reply to your comment (your email address will not automatically show up).

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