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High-Quality Corn Yields More Ethanol

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The higher quality of the U.S. corn crop could yield more ethanol per bushel and divert less of the crop to biofuels, which could raise tight ending stocks by 20 per cent, says a biofuels executive. End stocks for 2010/11 are estimated by USDA at the smallest in 16 years, with 39 per cent to be used in making ethanol. But Todd Becker, CEO of Green Plains Renewable Energy, said smaller usage was possible because the 2010 crop was in better condition and fuel makers would consume 150 million bushels less than thought.

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