USDA GAIN report addresses Brazilian sugar production

By Erin Voegele | October 19, 2012

A recent Global Agricultural Information Network report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service provides an update on sugar production in Brazil. The report is filed with the USDA FAS semi-annually.

According to the report, Brazil’s marketing year 2012/2013 sugarcane crush is estimated to be 570 million metric tons, a 5 percent increase over the 565 million metric ton estimate filed earlier this year. The increase is attributed to improved weather conditions in the south-central region of Brazil. The harvest is expected to end in December, with approximately 8 million metric tons of sugarcane left in the field.

The north-northeast region of Brazil is expected to crush 60 million tons of sugarcane, down 5 million metric tons when compared to the previous season. The reduction is due to weather-related issues. The harvest for the region is expected to extend through March.

Total area of planted sugarcane for marketing year 2013/2013 is estimated to be 9.75 million hectares (24 million acres), with 8.7 million hectares harvested. The yield for marketing year 2012/2013 is estimated to increase 5 percent compared to last year, to 66.4 metric tons per hectare.

Approximately 49.1 percent of the crop is expected to be diverted to sugar production, a 1 percent increase over last year. The remainder is destined for ethanol production. This would result in 22.3 billion liters (5.89 billion gallons) of hydrous and anhydrous ethanol production.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the USDA website.