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Ethanol demand causes lower corn reserves

ST. LOUIS, MO (KWWL) -- U.S. reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in more than 15 years in part because of higher demand from the ethanol industry. 

That may mean tighter supplies and higher food prices in 2011. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the ethanol industry demand for corn is up 50 million bushels after record-high production in December and January.  That means the U.S. will have about 675 million bushels of corn left over at the end of year. That's roughly 5% of all corn that will be consumed, the lowest surplus level since 1996. 

Corn prices have already doubled in the last six months, rising from $3.50 a bushel to more than $7 a bushel.

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