Brazil’s center-south sugar campaign continues to gain on last season’s pace, with cane crush through mid-October up 5.0 percent YOY. Through September, tonnage was up 4.6 percent YOY at 79.84 MT of cane per hectare.
Per recent reports, fewer rains have supported the harvest pace, unlike last year, when early springtime rains in the Southern Hemisphere slowed harvest and crush.
Center-south sugar production is up 1.1 percent YOY at 23.71 MMT. Even that modest increase is something of an accomplishment, with the sugar share down at 35.3 percent of cane crush and weak sugar recovery—46.5 kg per MT of cane, down nearly 4 percent YOY.
Sugar content improved in October, with the recovery rate in the first half of October at 59.4 kg per MT of cane, up nearly 16 percent from the same period last year. For that period, improved recovery and an increase of a less than three points in the sugar share allowed sugar production to reach 1.91, MMT, up nearly 5 percent YOY.