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U.S.: Ethanol plants expected to cut output on poor margins, oversupply
DATE 19Jul 2019

U.S. ethanol plants are expected to sharply curtail production in the weeks ahead as steep Midwest corn prices and the U.S.-China trade war have led to weak margins and oversupply, industry sources said. Margins to produce ethanol in the Corn Belt – where most U.S. production takes place – have fallen to a four-year seasonal… Read More »

Brazil: Globally promoting sugar cane yeast
DATE 19Jul 2019

In terms of agricultural technology, a large part of input for the Brazilian market comes from far, travelling from Northern America, Europe or even Asia. That doesn’t mean, however, that there is no technology going in the other direction. The company ICC Brazil, headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, manufactures yeast products from sugarcane for animal… Read More »

India: Sugarcane dues: A Maha-Glut problem
DATE 19Jul 2019

Maharashtra’s Assembly elections are due in October, which is also when the next 2019-20 sugar season takes off. “The current unpaid dues to our cane growers will be cleared well before that,” says Shekhar Gaikwad, the state’s sugar commissioner, who has issued 74 recovery orders against 58 mills this year. That threat — of auctioning… Read More »

Pakistan: Farmers in Pakistan switch from cotton to sugarcane
DATE 19Jul 2019

Pakistan has cut its cotton production estimate for this year as competition from other crops shrinks the planted area in the country’s biggest growing province, according to a government official. The government reduced its target to 12.7 million bales of 170 kilograms apiece for the year through March from 15 million bales previously, the official… Read More »

India: Dispute between cane growers and UP government likely to deepen
DATE 18Jul 2019

The confrontation between the state sugarcane administration and cane growers in UP is likely to aggravate over payment of arrears on interest on sugarcane price to farmers, in compliance with Allahabad high court orders, after the UP sugarcane commissioner, Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, who is also the principal secretary of sugarcane and sugar industries, decided to initiate contempt proceedings against… Read More »