UPDATE 2-Brazil farm areas to get widespread rain soon -Somar – RTRS
(Adds details from U.S. forecaster CWG)
SAO PAULO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Brazil’s main center-south coffee-, sugar cane- and grain-producing areas are due to get widespread rain from Tuesday through Nov. 6, marking the end to several months of crop-damaging dry weather, local forecaster Somar said on Thursday.
Light rains were falling in the soybean-growing state of Mato Grosso on Thursday but not in the southeastern coffee belt of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo, where they should arrive early next week, said meteorologist Marco Antonio dos Santos.
“In the Southeast, where rains earlier in the week had served to break up an atmospheric block, briefly alleviating crops and lowering temperatures, the forecast is for good volumes starting next week,” he said in a note.
Brazil’s sugar cane- and coffee-growing areas should get roughly 50 millimeters (2 inches) of rainfall in the 10 days through Nov. 6, Somar said in its daily weather bulletin.
In Mato Grosso, where some soy farmers will have to replant due to recent dry weather, Somar expects up to 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain over the next two weeks.
U.S.-based crop weather forecaster Commodities Weather Group (CWG) said on Thursday that showers fell in Mato Grosso, No. 4 soy growing state Goias and western Bahia yesterday. Broader coverage of rain is due to develop over the northwestern parts of the soy belt tonight and continue for the next two weeks.
Coffee and sugarcane areas will have the best chance of rain from Saturday night through Tuesday. Rains are expected to be widespread and bring 0.5 to 1 inch of moisture.
If confirmed the rain would ease producer and market concerns over flowering, which is behind schedule in most of the growing areas. The rains would also help revive growth in the freshly harvested or replanted sugar cane areas.
CWG added that although confidence in this level of rain unfolding still remains low, showers are expected to inch back into the coffee and sugar cane areas in two to four weeks. These follow-up showers will be needed to assure that the flowering of coffee trees develops into fruit for the next season’s harvest.
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