The amount of distillers dried grains with solubles is closing in on 27.2 million metric tons per year, according to Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, economists at the University of Illinois. "Consumption of grains and soybean meal in domestic livestock feeding is near [163.3 million metric tons] per year, so that [distillers grains] now account for a sizable share of domestic livestock feed and accounts for much of the decline in feeding of whole corn since 2007-'08," they write. Currently, DDGS are about 89% of the price of corn on a six-year average.

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