Mills in Brazil's center-south region processed 39.85 million tons of sugarcane in the first half of May, up from 20.88 million tons during the same period in 2012, according to industry group Unica. About 56.47% of the cane went to making ethanol, up slightly from 54.89% during the same time last season. From the beginning of the cane-harvesting season through mid-May, 58.31% of the cane was steered toward ethanol production, up from 57.42% during the comparable period last season, Unica said.

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