Sugarcane Harvest Prospects Improve



WASHINGTON - Sep 12/19 - SNS -- Production of sugarcane for sugar and seed in 2019 is forecast at 34.8 million tons, 1% above both last month and last year, according to the latest USDA crop production estimates.

Producers intend to harvest 919,500 acres for sugar and seed during the 2019 crop year, up slightly from last month and up 2% from last year. Yields for sugar and seed are expected to average 37.8 tons per acre up 0.3 ton from last month, but down 0.6 ton from 2018.

Height of crop was below average in Louisiana fields, but cane growth had increased. Wet weather was also causing serious delays in planting.

Sugarcane for Sugar and Seed Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States:
2018 and Forecasted September 1, 2019
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               :  Area harvested   :          Yield per acre 1/          :     Production 1/
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     State     :         :         :         :           2019            :           :
               :  2018   :  2019   :  2018   :---------------------------:   2018    :   2019
               :         :         :         :  August 1   : September 1 :           :
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               :    1,000 acres       ------------ tons ------------        --- 1,000 tons ---
               :
Florida .......:  412.3     411.0     41.9        43.3          44.1        17,256      18,125
Louisiana .....:  448.5     475.0     35.4        32.5          32.4        15,861      15,390
Texas .........:   38.9      33.5     36.6        38.2          37.0         1,425       1,240
               :
United States .:  899.7     919.5     38.4        37.5          37.8        34,542      34,755
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1/ Net tons.