By Fabiana Batista
Nationís southeast may have above-average precipitation from October to December, favoring coffee flowering, Luiz Carlos Molion, an independent meteorologist, said Thursday in a coffee industry web conference.
Similar pattern may also favor crop development from January to March
He expects as much as 1,360 mm of rain in these six months in south of Minas Gerais, the main arabica-producing region
Some coffee areas in Rondonia, east of Minas Gerais, may have lower rainfall in the period, though it may not be harmful for crops
Still see frost risk for coffee, as crops may face three more cold fronts until September, though their intensity is not known yet