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Brazil – Cane yields for the 2014/15 crop drop by 9% [Registered]

According to the industry group Unica, cane yields so far in 2014-15 have averaged 77.3 tonnes per hectare, down 8.8% year on year. This is “mainly due to the drought in the early months of the year” in the Centre South. “In some places the Mid-South this fall in yield was even more pronounced,” said Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, the Unica technical director. Some mills were forced “to reduce the rate of grinding to prevent the advance of harvest over areas of younger cane”, less than 12 months old. The expectation is that this yield shortfall will “persist”, and may…

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