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Detailed Map of Sugarcane Production

Almost 90 percent of Brazilian sugarcane production takes place in South-Central Brazil, with the remainder grown in Northeastern Brazil. Both producing regions are located some 2,000 to 2,500 km (1,240 to 1,550 miles) away from the Amazon. That is roughly the distance between New York City and Dallas, or Paris and Moscow. Find out for yourself by exploring the interactive map below to see precisely where sugarcane is grown in Brazil.


The plantation data was provided by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Remote Sensing Division (DSR), and derived from LANDSAT 5 imagery, as described in Studies on the Rapid Expansion of Sugarcane for Ethanol Production in São Paulo State (Brazil) Using Landsat Data.

For more precise analysis of this data, see CANASAT


Cane fields are classified how recently they have been planted or reformed
Ratoon Cane
Sugarcane available for harvest after one or more cuts
Fields that are now being cultivated with sugarcane and will be available for harvest for the first time.
Fields that have undergone renovation during the previous crop year, and will be available for harvest in the current crop year.
Under renovation
Fields that were cultivated with sugarcane during the previous crop years but are being renewed or replaced by another land use this year. If and when these fields are returned to cane production, they will be referred to as “renovated”.

About the Study Area
There are cane plantations outside of the study area, but these are also quite distant from the rainforest, as you can see here.

About the Rainforest Data
“Intact Forest” means an unbroken expanse of natural ecosystems within the zone of current forest extent, showing no signs of sgnificant human activity, and large enough that all native biodiversity, including viable populations of wide-ranging species, could be maintained. Intact Forest data has been made available for free by the IFL Mapping Team:

Potapov P., Yaroshenko A., Turubanova S., Dubinin M., Laestadius L., Thies C., Aksenov D., Egorov A., Yesipova Y., Glushkov I., Karpachevskiy M., Kostikova A., Manisha A., Tsybikova E., Zhuravleva I. 2008. Mapping the World’s Intact Forest Landscapes by Remote Sensing. Ecology and Society, 13 (2)