U.S. Corn Use by Market Year

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Seed 23.744999999999997 21.841 21.945 22.337 23 24.528000000000002 24.581 22.929 22.521
Alcohol for beverages 135.82 135.3998672 134 134 135 136.5 140 140.43 141.67
Cereals and food 190.422 192.4 192.1 193.663 197 198.128 199.42 200.513 201.632
Starch 276.90291211 264.66435056 234.094 250.437 257.926 254.009 249.389 218.597 230
Glucose and dextrose 259.40789209 255.96262941 245.123 257.284 272.379 294.359 291.92 308.456 300
High-fructose corn syrup 535.32616075 522.76879366 489.064 512.125 521.055 513.37 491.487 477.698 450
Exports 2125.369 2437.402 1848.9470000000001 1979.026 1830.925 1540.996 730.082 1917.3419999999999 1849.9999999999998
Alcohol for fuel 2119.4938519 3049.2140741 3708.88904 4591.157 5018.74 5000.03 4641.127 5134.004 5200
Feed and residual use 5777.948 6130.183 5545.511 5100.994000000001 4776.6939999999995 4520.024 4314.894 5034.067 5300
Notes: "Residual" in the "Feed/Residual" category includes handling losses, unreported use, and estimating errors. Total used does not equal total produced, due to stock changes. Market Year starts in September of the given year and ends in August of the next year.
The amount of corn consumed by Americans (directly and processed) remains relatively constant every year at approximately 1,400 million bushels a year. The amount of corn devoted to exports, animal feed, and alcohol for fuel is more variable. These three seem to absorb the reduction during drought years, such as 2012, and seem to be interchangeable as alcohol for fuel has displaced an increasing amount of animal feed and exports in recent years.