Modest Upgrade in Sugarcane Forecast



WASHINGTON - Oct 10/19 - SNS -- Production of sugarcane for sugar and seed in 2019 is forecast at 34.8 million tons, up slightly from last month, and 1% above last year, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates.

Producers intend to harvest 924,300 acres for sugar and seed during the 2019 crop year, up one% from last month and up 3% from last year.

Yields for sugar and seed are expected to average 37.6 tons per acre down 0.2 ton from last month, and down 0.8 ton from 2018.

Sugarcane for Sugar and Seed Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2018 and Forecasted October 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
              :         :         :         :September 1 : October 1  :         :
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              :    1,000 acres       ------------ tons -----------      -- 1,000 tons --
              :
Florida ......:  412.3     411.0     41.9        44.1         44.2      17,256    18,166
Louisiana ....:  448.5     480.0     35.4        32.4         32.0      15,861    15,360
Texas ........:   38.9      33.3     36.6        37.0         37.5       1,425     1,249
              :
United States :  899.7     924.3     38.4        37.8         37.6      34,542    34,775
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1/ Net tons.