is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist

Grain Transportation Changing with Expansion of Ethanol Industry

More corn is moving short distances to ethanol plants rather than long distances for exports.

As the ethanol industry's demand for corn continues to increase, grain transportation may need to adjust to reflect the changes, the USDA's Transportation Services Branch reports.

More U.S. corn is expected to be used for ethanol than for exports in 2007/08, which means more corn would be moving short distances to nearby ethanol plants rather than being exported.

Rail grain loadings through May 5 were down 7.4% compared to the same period last year. Most corn going to distant feedlots and poultry producers travels by rail, but corn traveling short distances to ethanol plants usually goes by truck. Historically, corn makes up about half of railroad grain loadings.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.