UNICA reports delays in sugarcane harvesting

By Erin Voegele | May 31, 2017

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 38.46 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of May, down 3.1 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

From the beginning of the harvest season through May 15, mills have processed 80.28 million tons of sugarcane, down significantly from the 108.86 million tons processed during the same period of 2016. Total recoverable sugar per ton reached 122.87 kilograms during the first half of May, down 1.55 kilograms when compared to the same period of last year.

As of May 15, UNICA reports 249 mills were processing cane, down from 258 mills during the same period of last year. An additional 13 mills were expected to begin harvesting during the second half of May.

So far this year, sugar production has reached 3.94 million tons, down from 5.32 million tons during the same period of 2016. Ethanol production reached 3.1 billion liters (818.93 million gallons) from the beginning of April through May 15, down from 4.4 billion liters during the same period of last year. The 3.1 billion liters produced so far this year includes 1.14 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.96 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

During the first half of May, ethanol production reached 1.48 billion liters, including 840.54 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 642.46 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. Sugar production reached 2.11 million tons during the same period.

Ethanol sales by mills in the south-central region of Brazil reached 965.35 million liters during the first half of May, with 923.18 liters sold into the domestic market and 42.17 million liters destined for export. In the domestic market, sales of hydrous ethanol reached 560.53 million liters, up 12.76 percent when compared to the second half of April. Traded volume of anhydrous ethanol reached 362.65 million liters during the first half of May, down 8.42 percent when compared to the same two-weeks of 2016.