The supply of corn in Brazil in 2016 is expected to grow 900,000 tons. The assessment is from Agroconsult consultancy.
The increased supply of corn can also help corn ethanol producers.
The concentration of plants producing corn ethanol is in the state of Mato Grosso, a significant grain producer and where there are three companies that also process the biofuel made from the cereal.
They are: Usimat, Libra and Porto Seguro in the state of Mato Grosso, responsible for a production of 200 million liters in 2015.
Since December, the fourth distillery of corn ethanol in the country began operating , with São Francisco, in Quirinopolis (GO) controlled by joint venture SJC Bioenergia, Cargill and USJ (St John Plant).
In an interview for JornalCana , Piero Barini, director of Libra and president of the Union of Sugar and Alcohol Industries of the State of Mato Grosso (Sindalcool-MT), said the initial estimate is that the three units in the state produce 200 million liters of corn ethanol this year too.
But the increase in the grain supply can also expand biofuel production by distilleries.
According to Agroconsult:
- the outlook for the summer corn crop is 27.9 million tonnes, 7% lower than the previous harvest (30.1 million tons), down 8% in planted area, reaching 5.7 million hectares
- in the second season, the expectation is 57.7 million tons, an increase of 6% over the previous harvest (54.6 million tons)
- planted area is expected to register growth of 9% to 10.5 million hectares
- the estimated total harvest is 85.6 million tonnes against 84.7 million tonnes in 2014/15 crop, or 900,000 extra tons in 15/16 on the season 14/15