Beet hectarage for the next crop is still expected to fall 8 percent or more for the next season, pressured by the sustained slump in world sugar prices. As in North America, low temperatures and rains have led to planting delays. In past seasons, unseasonably warm spring weather curbed overall yields.
USDA currently estimates 2018/19 EU-28 beet sugar production near 19.25 million metric tons (MMT) based on beet area of 1.752 million hectares (ha), down from 2017/18 area of 1.756 million ha. While the sugar content was unchanged for both these seasons, beet yield was also down, from 65 MT per ha in 2017/18 to 62 MT per ha in 2018/19. We estimate that all European production could fall by as much as 3.0 MMT in 2018/19.
Sugar production history, major European origins
Source: McKeany-Flavell, trade sources
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