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Brazil Area’s Cane Output May Have Fallen 27% for End of June

July 12, 2012

Sugar cane output in Brazil’s center south, the main growing region of the world’s biggest producer, probably fell 27 percent for the second half of June, according to Newedge Group SA.

Cane production in the area was an estimated 30.5 million metric tons in the period, down from 42 million tons a year earlier, Michael McDougall, head of the Brazil desk at Newedge in New York, said in a report e-mailed today. Industry group Unica is scheduled to update its harvest figures today.

The report “will continue to show harvesting and sugar production falling further behind last year and looking worse on the industrial yield,” McDougall said. The sugar content in the cane was probably about 124.5 kilograms (274.5 pounds) a ton, down from last year’s level of 133.5 kilograms a ton, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Isis Almeida in London at ialmeida3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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