Brazil center-south sugar output down 38.3 percent in second half of December

Center-south cane crush was down 5.7 percent, and ethanol manufacturing was up 7.7 percent. For the season to date, April through December, sugar output is down 26.5 percent at 26.3 MMT due to both a drop in cane crush of 3.6 percent YTD and [...]

Brazil’s late oranges are sizing larger

Fundecitrus’s revised production forecast puts orange production out of Brazil’s citrus belt at 275.7 million 40.8-kg boxes. The estimate represents an increase of 1 percent from the September forecast, and the change is attributed to larger sizing of late-season oranges, which will offset higher [...]

Update on genetically modified sugar in the U.S. & for key world markets

Almost all sugar beets harvested in the U.S. are grown from genetically modified (GM) seed, and the beet industry had feared that the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard would be applied to beet sugar as a result. Arguing that beet sugar, like soybean oil [...]

Tracking lower sugar production & sugar share of cane use in Brazil

In the first half of December, cane crush in Brazil’s center-south was up 21.9 percent YOY. With the sugar share—the percentage of sugarcane crushed for sugar rather than for ethanol manufacturing—for that period at just 28 percent, sugar production was only 418,000 metric tons [...]

Could dry weather pressure Brazil’s soybean, corn, and cane crops?

With January among the wetter months for Brazil, rains in the weeks ahead will be key to crop development. With Brazil’s growing role as an exporter of corn and soybeans, the trade will be watching the rains closely. Below-average rains have been observed and [...]

Will Brazil’s soybean crop hit 130 million metric tons?

Some estimates peg the 2018/19 crop at 123 million metric tons (MMT), but according to the chief executive at agribusiness consultancy Celeres, Brazil’s soybean crop could be as large as 130 MMT. This would be an increase of almost 10 MMT from the year prior.  High demand from China due to the dispute with the U.S. [...]

Update on Brazil’s center-south cane campaign

As anyone following world sugar this season is now amply aware, Brazil’s cane mills are heavily favoring the manufacture of ethanol over sugar this season. In the first half of November, the ethanol share of cane crush was 66 percent, up from nearly 58 [...]

Indian sugar 2018/19 crop update

With Brazil keeping its focus firmly on cane ethanol manufacturing, the market has been keeping an eye on India, which despite weather concerns is still the heir apparent as the top sugar producer in 2018/19. News of pest damage and prior dry conditions cutting [...]