BRAZIL: Offseason in the centre-south will be longer than usual

Published: 09/04/2018, 5:16:27 AM

The long drought in Brazil's centre-south region is accelerating the pace of the harvest and will prolong the offseason period, according to Brazil's Canaonline news website.

Dry weather has been affecting sugarcane mills the region since the start of the 2018/19 season in April.

Another effect of the drought is the anticipation of the end of the harvest, with many mills expecting to close operations in October. São Martinho mill, in Pradópolis, São Paulo state, could even finish activities by the end of September.

Felipe Vicchiato, CFO at São Martinho, expects the end of the harvest in the centre-south to occur by mid-October. The total crushed volume of sugarcane shouldn't surpass 550 million tonnes.

The sugarcane crush in the centre-south is expected to reach 558.12 million tones down 6.4% from the 596.3 million tonnes grounded in the 2017/18 season, according to Datagro's estimate released in late August.

Weather forecast company Climatempo estimates that the return of rains this year will be delayed. Rainfall in the centre-south usually recover its regularity by October, but this year this should only happen in November, further delaying the start of the 2019/20 sugarcane season.