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sugar cane can’t be stored because it goes bad..

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I did not know that.." sugar cane can’t be stored because it goes bad"

 

Brazil, the world’s second-largest ethanol producer, is importing the biofuel from the U.S. for the second time this year as most mills shut for the season at the end of the sugar-cane harvest.
 
Copersucar SA, a sugar and ethanol trading company based in Sao Paulo, is importing 45.7 million liters (12.1 million gallons) of U.S. ethanol, according to Tiago Cardoso, an analyst at Recife, Brazil-based shipping agency Williams Servicos Maritimos, which is handling the cargo.
 
The vessel Bochem Oslo is scheduled to unload in the ports of Paranagua and Santos in February, he said in a phone interview from Recife. Earlier this month, the vessel Sichem Paris unloaded 14.3 million liters of U.S. ethanol in the port of Itaqui, he said.
 
“Brazil is, in general, well supplied with domestic product, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see sporadic imports,” Nelson Ostanello, chief executive officer at the Brazilian arm of London-based Greenergy Fuels Holdings Ltd., said in a phone interview from Sao Paulo. “And on top of that, it’s the interharvest season. Mills don’t have any cane to process.”
 
Mills in Brazil’s Center South, which accounts for about 90 percent of the country’s sugar and ethanol, harvest and process most of their sugar cane between March and November. Unlike corn, the primary feedstock for U.S. ethanol, sugar cane can’t be stored because it goes bad after a couple of days, forcing mills to process the entire crop while harvesting.
 
An official for Copersucar who isn’t authorized to speak publicly didn’t immediately return a call and an e-mail from Bloomberg News seeking comment.
 
The U.S. is the world’s largest ethanol producer.
 

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I visited a mill at Nanuque BR in August 2001 and watched the trucks hauling and the stalks squeezed to get the juice out. Wouldn't be much different than trying to store 28% moisture corn up here.

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I visited a mill at Nanuque BR in August 2001 and watched the trucks hauling and the stalks squeezed to get the juice out. Wouldn't be much different than trying to store 28% moisture corn up here.

  And what do they use the cane "juice"  for ?

 

Like Corn I suppose they can get 2,3,4 different products out .. I'm going to have to read up some more

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The juice is the sugar that gets fermented. At a farmers market a guy had a machine that sqeezed the cane and then I drank it. Can't say that I really liked it very well since it was too sweet for me. The guys that owned the mill were putting in additional equipment to make cane sugar so that they could do whatever was the most profitable---fuel or sugar.

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Sweet sorghum is the same way.  The juice can't even be stored... it has to be fermented first... then the alcohol preserves it... can be distilled later to remove the water.

 

In Brazil they have a "crush season" where the plants are producing...  With their tropical latitude, this is pretty long, approximation 9 months or so (off the top of my head)...  This leaves the plants with a 3 month or so idle season.  Some will keep busy fermenting molasses (from table sugar refining plants), but not all can/will do this as there is only so much molasses to be had.  In more temperate climates (such as Louisiana or Florida), this "crush season" is more limited.  5-6 months in Florida even less.  I think Louisiana has the shortest crush season of any sugar can producing region in the world.... made possible only by government mandate/tariffs/price supports.

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