Abundant rain forecasts should help sugarcane cultivation in central-southern Brazil in the coming days and improve soil moisture for coffee and cereals.
The National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) of Brazil said that the main sugar producer, the state of Sao Paulo, as well as other important cane areas such as Mato Grosso do Sul and Goias, will receive up to 60 millimeters of rain in the coming days, with more possibilities in the second half of August.
The extra moisture, despite interrupting the harvest, will help the development of the sugarcane that will be harvested later in the season.
Climatempo expects the rains to reach the south of the state of Minas Gerais, the main coffee-producing region, improving soil moisture levels that have been below the historical average.
The rains would cause difficulties for the ongoing coffee harvest. However, they are considered key to improving prospects for next year’s harvest. Most of the coffee flowering occurs in September, after the first rains of the wet season.
The lowest temperatures will come after the rains. However, it is not known if there is a risk of frost for coffee and sugar cane. Frosts in mid-August are rare.
Paraná, the number 2 state in corn and soybean production, will receive more than 100 millimeters of rain, Inmet said, a positive development at a time when the state is preparing for planting.
Center-west states, including No. 1 cereal producer Mato Grosso, are also expected to receive abundant rains.