Ethanol Profits are Inverse to Corn Profits – For Now

Source: Big Picture Agriculture • Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Graph by Don Hofstrand, AgMRC
Ethanol profitability goes up when corn prices go down, and so can serve as a good hedge for corn farmers, provided the ethanol price is strong.

According to Hofstrand, a retired Iowa State University ag economist:

Production and consumption of ethanol remain in relative balance with a slight increase in net exports. This has resulted in a gradual reduction in ethanol stocks which has helped support ethanol price. However, future ethanol usage and price remains clouded due to the ‘blend wall’ and other transportation fuel issues.