Very interesting and impressive to see that even even this maintenance of the coffee tree is mechanized in Brazil. I Am hoping you can add to my understanding of coffee production in Brazil. I understand that this pruning
Is an integral part of coffee farming in Brazil. Yet in Central America we donít talk of a biennial year to have the same importance. My question is if no pruning was done what would be the natural level of reduction in production. We talk about a normal reduction of 15% in an off year with usual pruning if producers just left the trees to go about their production naturally what would be the expected reduction in production as the tree renewed its energy naturally. Just want to understand if the biennial in Brazil is in large part caused by efficient farming practice.
We can almost all agree that this has not been the best start to a coffee season. It seems that the crop has suffered from an agronomist point of view some of the worst conditions pre and post flowering. Am I correct in stating that no visible evidence even to a trained eye exists to support a reduced crop at this time In other words while the conditions that we have gone through would strongly suggest a reduction in production we cannot determine how many flowers progressed to pods. So the case for coffee production can still be argued from both sides as we still lack concrete evidence. At what point in time in your experience will you be able to measure the results of the flowering. Are we still 40 days away from when we can collect such evidence or is the timeline much shorter?
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