According to latest report,Brazil’s top robusta coffee producing state, Espírito Santo, is finally seeing a better output outlook after ample rains in February improved the condition of trees.
Brazil output in 2016 and 2015 were disappointing.Extreme dry conditions destroyed most of old trees, But Evenly distributed rains in February have improved the condition of trees which gives hopes for better output in 2018. Higher humidity during February and march led to greener trees.
If you saw the fields last year and you see them now, it looks like you are in another state, coffee researcher told Reuters
They also predicts robusta production could increase 20 percent in the state this year 2017. Another expert-Gomes estimates improved 5 million bags in 2017 to 4.2 million bags in 2016.
All Experts hopes, 2018 crop will see largest improvement if same favorable conditions prevail.
They also said improved 2018 crop is possible due to forced renovations in some areas by removing old, unproductive trees by farmers.
Gomes predicts 7.5 million to 8 million bags in 2018 and maybe 9 million bags in 2019.
Recent rains also helped the Arabica coffee to improve yield.
Brazil’s Arabica 2017 season is off-year in the biennial arabica production cycle so total output is expected to fall.
If conditions are very good, the fall in production in an off-year could be smaller than initially thought, analysts said.
Favorable rains in the main arabica producing regions in Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais in late February and early March guaranteed enough humidity for farmers to add fertilizers that would spur fruit growth.