Start Date

30-11-2000 12:00 AM

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Corn processors use only the starch component of the corn plant. Some processors sell starch for paper coating or food extender. Others process further to sell glucose or fructose sugar in the sweetener market. Increasingly, processors convert the sugars to alcohol for sale as a fuel additive. But the byproduct components of the corn plant have market value as animal feed and vegetable oil for human consumption. Indeed, corn processors typically recover about one-half of the corn input cost through byproduct sales. The net corn cost in figure 1 represents the cost of the starch input to the corn processor.

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Nov 30th, 12:00 AM

Some Price and Cost Analysis for the Corn Processing Sector

Corn processors use only the starch component of the corn plant. Some processors sell starch for paper coating or food extender. Others process further to sell glucose or fructose sugar in the sweetener market. Increasingly, processors convert the sugars to alcohol for sale as a fuel additive. But the byproduct components of the corn plant have market value as animal feed and vegetable oil for human consumption. Indeed, corn processors typically recover about one-half of the corn input cost through byproduct sales. The net corn cost in figure 1 represents the cost of the starch input to the corn processor.