There were no severe frosts over Brazil’s coffee, sugarcane and corn fields early Wednesday as a cold front moved across the south-central areas of the country, forecasters said.
In most areas, overall temperatures did not drop to the point where hard frosts could develop over crops, they said, adding there was still a small chance the current system would bring more frost this week.
Arabica coffee futures in New York fell as much as 4% on Wednesday as the risk of frost damage weakened in the country that is the world’s largest producer.
“There were reports of light frosts in the highest places, but they were insignificant,” said Marco Antonio dos Santos, a meteorologist with Rural Clima.
A second meteorological center, Somar, said current simulations showed less intense cold than expected. He said there was still a small chance of light frosts this week, but they are unlikely to cause damage to coffee, sugar cane or corn fields.
Weather stations run by Cooxupe, the world’s largest coffee cooperative and Brazil’s largest exporter, showed that the lowest temperatures were above freezing throughout the southern region of Minas Gerais, Brazil’s main coffee belt. Brazil.
Another cold front is expected around May 25, as Brazil heads into winter.
Last year’s frosts hit coffee and sugarcane fields hard, driving up world commodity prices.