Coffee Network (São Paulo) – A high-pressure system reached areas in southern Brazil on July 6th and in the southeast on July 7th. This cold front, as forecasted previously, has caused some frost damage throughout coffee regions in Paraná, São Paulo and South of Minas. On July 6th it reached Paraná where some minor frost was observed on coffee plantation in the lower areas. On July 7th it reached São Paulo and the southern area of Minas Gerais causing damage to part of coffee areas. INTL FCStone team has visited Guaxupé, Guaranésia, Muzambinho, and Pratinha in Southern Minas Gerais, and the damage so far has been estimated to be under 5 %. It was reported that only places with high risk and younger plants were damaged. Another INTL FCStone team has visited Patrocínio, Ibiá, Serra do Salitre, and Araxá in the Cerrado region, and minor damages were seen. Estimates thus far seem to show damages to be under 3 %.
It is still too early to make a proper prognosis what the full extent of the damage and CN will keep monitoring the situation.
It is very important to highlight that at this very crucial moment fake news could be spread through social media and we should base everything on actual facts and access proper damages throughout the week to get a better idea of the true health of the plants that have been affected.
By Fernando Maximiliano