768 million pounds of soybean oil went to biodiesel in December

In December, U.S. biodiesel producers surpassed August’s previous record soybean oil utilization by more than 60 million pounds and delivered a year-over-year increase of 29 percent. Biodiesel production totaled 168 million gallons, up 13.5 percent YOY and slightly higher than the average YOY increase [...]

EU to restrict palm-oil-derived biodiesel

A new EU law would limit the use of biodiesel derived from certain feedstocks to current volumes through 2023 but then zero out their use by 2030. Palm oil is one of the affected feedstocks because of its link to deforestation. Reuters reports that [...]

Is the growth in biodiesel production reaching a plateau?

November biodiesel production showed the lowest year-over-year increase of 2018 to date, with the month’s 159 million gallons up just 7 percent from November 2017. Cumulative 11-month production was up 16 percent from the year before. Manufacturers used 704 million pounds of soybean oil [...]

October biodiesel production near record

The U.S. produced 170 million gallons of biodiesel in October, up 4 percent from September and 1 million gallons shy of tying August’s record volume. Monthly production was up 15 percent from October 2017. Processors used 699 million pounds of soybean oil, up 21 [...]

July biodiesel production sets new record

Another month, another record for 2018 biodiesel: Manufacturers produced 163 million gallons in July, up 18 percent from July 2017. Soybean oil and corn oil both hit new record utilization as feedstocks. Soybean oil use was 671 million pounds, up 11 percent from the [...]

More corn used for ethanol in 2018/19

USDA increased projected 2018/19 corn use for ethanol production to 5.650 billion bushels, up 25 million bushels from the August estimate and up 50 million bushels from 2017/18. This change did not come as a surprise, as ethanol production seems to beat its previous [...]

Corn oil as biodiesel feedstock: Another record month

In May, biodiesel manufacturers used 178 million pounds of distiller-grade corn oil (DCO), repeating April’s record volume. Since USDA began reporting this data in 2014, we’ve seen ethanol dry mills produce more DCO each year, with June’s 321 million pounds a record for the [...]