In Brazil, the Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is forecasting that crushing will reach 570.191 million tons, 5.88% up from the 2009-10 harvest, but down 7 percent from initial forecasts of volume of sugarcane available in the field at the start of the harvest. According to UNICA, reduced crushing projection are a result of dry weather n key growing regions of South-Central Brazil. Since April of this year, rainfall has remained significantly lower than historical averages. In some regions, the scenario is extreme: rainfall in the Ribeirao Preto region, for example, was the third lowest of the past 20 years between the months of May and June.
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