Modest Uptick in Cane Output



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Production of sugarcane for sugar and seed in 2017 was estimated at 32.2 million tons, of which 30.7 million tons were utilized for sugar and 1.56 million tons for seed, according to the USDA's final crop estimates.

Total production for sugar and seed was up slightly from 2016. Sugarcane producers harvested 892,900 acres for sugar and seed in 2017, down 1% from the previous year. Yield for sugar and seed was estimated at 36.1 tons per acre, down 0.5 ton from 2016.

Beginning in 2017, sugarcane estimates were discontinued in Hawaii.

Sugarcane Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2015-2017
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                    :       Area harvested        :      Yield per acre 1/
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------
                    :  2015   :  2016   :  2017   :  2015   :  2016   :  2017
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                    :  ------ 1,000 acres ------     ---------- tons ---------
                    :
For sugar           :
Florida ............:  398.0     400.0     395.0     42.5      40.3       40.9
Hawaii 2/ ..........:   12.9      15.5      (NA)     88.3      86.2       (NA)
Louisiana ..........:  385.0     400.0     415.0     29.6      28.8       31.4
Texas ..............:   35.2      37.7      40.7     31.4      37.0       36.8
                    :
United States ......:  831.1     853.2     850.7     36.8      35.6       36.1
                    :
For seed            :
Florida ............:   15.0      17.0      16.0     49.2      46.1       45.1
Hawaii 2/ ..........:    2.2         -      (NA)     20.0         -       (NA)
Louisiana ..........:   25.0      31.0      25.0     29.6      28.8       31.4
Texas ..............:    1.4       1.9       1.2     32.1      37.0       42.6
                    :
United States ......:   43.6      49.9      42.2     35.9      35.0       36.9
                    :
For sugar and seed  :
Florida ............:  413.0     417.0     411.0     42.7      40.5       41.1
Hawaii 2/ ..........:   15.1      15.5      (NA)     78.3      86.2       (NA)
Louisiana ..........:  410.0     431.0     440.0     29.6      28.8       31.4
Texas ..............:   36.6      39.6      41.9     31.4      37.0       37.0
                    :
United States ......:  874.7     903.1     892.9     36.7      35.6       36.1
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                    :                       Production 1/
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------
                    :       2015        :       2016        :       2017
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                    :                        1,000 tons
                    :
For sugar           :
Florida ............:      16,915              16,120              16,156
Hawaii 2/ ..........:       1,139               1,336                (NA)
Louisiana ..........:      11,396              11,520              13,031
Texas ..............:       1,105               1,395               1,498
                    :
United States ......:      30,555              30,371              30,685
                    :
For seed            :
Florida ............:         738                 784                 722
Hawaii 2/ ..........:          44                   -                (NA)
Louisiana ..........:         740                 893                 785
Texas ..............:          45                  70                  51
                    :
United States ......:       1,567               1,747               1,558
                    :
For sugar and seed  :
Florida ............:      17,653              16,904              16,878
Hawaii 2/ ..........:       1,183               1,336                (NA)
Louisiana ..........:      12,136              12,413              13,816
Texas ..............:       1,150               1,465               1,549
                    :
United States ......:      32,122              32,118              32,243
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-    Represents zero.
(NA) Not available.
1/   Net tons.
2/   Estimates discontinued in 2017.