CS Brazil: 350 mmt of Cane Harvested so Far

 Mains Points 

  • Weak harvest and agricultural produtivity, but within our expectations
  • Although UNICA mentions 530mmt of cane for the crop, our estimates are 520mmt and 32.5mmt of sugar.
  • Anhydrous sales remain strong, totaling 426 million liters in the past fortnight.


Crop 2021/22 – 1H Agust 



12% of the available area was affected by Frosts 

  • In line with expectations, in the first half of August, 44.6mmt were processed, around 2mmt less yoy.
  • In cumulative terms, CS processed 350 mmt, down 7% from the previous year.
  • Our estimate is that until the end of the crop CS will be able to process another 170 mmt of cane, totaling 520 mmt for 21/22.
  • UNICA reports that after a survey with CS mills, this cycle should process 530mmt – with a downward bias.


  • So far, agricultural productivity has decreased by 12.8% compared to the previous crop: 75.1 t/ha against 86.1 t/ha.
  • Result of the combination of drought and frost.
  • Data from Unica show that frost affected about 12% of the area available for harvesting.
  • The frosts required a change in the harvest schedule, accelerating the pace of operations to avoid even greater losses.

 Fire Alert at the Canefields 

  • With dry and hot weather, some fires are already being registered in the Center-South.
  • Accidental fires damage younger cane fields, with some areas being lost or showing significant losses in productivity.


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  • For the last fifteen days of August, there is no forecast of rain, further increasing the risk of fire in the sugarcane fields

Ethanol Market 

  • With the advance of vaccination, movement in the streets is returning to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Which further stimulates fuel demand.
  • Anhydrous continues to drive demand for biofuel given the favorable parity for gasoline.
  • So far, 426.42 million liters of anhydrous ethanol have been sold – 12% more than in 2020.


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