Average Sugarcane Yields Slip



WASHINGTON - Nov 8/19 - SNS -- Production of sugarcane for sugar and seed in 2019 is forecast at 34.0 million tons, down 2% from last month and 1% below last year, according to the USDA's latest crop report.

Producers intend to harvest 917,300 acres for sugar and seed during the 2019 crop year, down 1% from last month but up 2% from last year. Yields for sugar and seed are expected to average 37.1 tons per acre, down 0.5 ton from last month and down 1.3 tons from 2018.

In Louisiana, harvest was 38% complete as of the week ending November 3. Sugar yields were lower than originally expected.

Sugarcane for Sugar and Seed Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2018 and Forecasted November 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
              :         :         :         : October 1  : November 1 :         :
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              :    1,000 acres       ------------ tons -----------      -- 1,000 tons --
              :
Florida ......:  412.3     411.0     41.9        44.2         44.1      17,256    18,125
Louisiana ....:  448.5     473.0     35.4        32.0         31.0      15,861    14,663
Texas ........:   38.9      33.3     36.6        37.5         37.2       1,425     1,239
              :
United States :  899.7     917.3     38.4        37.6         37.1      34,542    34,027
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1/ Net tons.