Brazil center-south ethanol sales up as crush winds down ahead of the new campaign
For the 2018/19 April-March center-south cane campaign, crush through mid-February is up 3.6 percent YOY. With the sugar share at 35 percent for the season to date, cumulative sugar production reached 26.36 MMT, down 26.5 percent YOY.
Cane ethanol production, meanwhile, is up 19.5 percent at 30.35 billion liters. Cumulative corn ethanol output totaled 652 million liters. UNICA reports that four cane mills and eight corn mills are still operating.
All center-south ethanol sales for the season through mid-February are up 16.1 percent. Internal sales are up 16.9 percent, while export sales are up 4.2 percent.
Final Brazil sugar output for the season may be the lowest in 14 years. Looking at 2019/20, rains were poor in some key cane areas in past months, while cane plantings remain low.
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