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Brazil Coffee Trouble Brewing ?

It has been brought to my attention that the prolongued dry spell in various Arabica regions is starting to take a deep toll on trees and the current crop. I have been sent pics and videos with a bit of an unusual sight--that of loaded trees with almost ripe cherries and yellowish shriveled down leaves in obviously dehydrated trees. The lack of water has impeded proper nutrient and water uptake by the plants to fully ripen cherries and all of the trees survival instincts are going into ripening cherries, thereby dehydrating trees.

While my initial reaction to this was one of dismissal (we haven't heard of any April droughts right ?), some things make me wonder if I am not being too complacent with the situation.

ANTIFREEZE asked me about a month ago if I saw any problems in Brazil pointing to a dry map over the next 10 days/ He is a bear and does not make a big thing out of Brazil weather woes. Looking at the trees in the videos and pictures it is clear that things are not ideal at this stage.

I should begin by asking our Brazilian friends MoY, Orb, Flavio, Marco, CCF, Intrade and others what the situation is over there and their views, instead of just overlooking the whole thing.

Dehydrated trees would become more susceptible to cold temperature damage or wind damage during the winter even in the absence of freezing temperatures.

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a process of dehydration