RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Flying over the Varginha coffee-growing area in southern Minas Gerais, brown spots can be seen on a large part of the plantations, indicating that the July 20 touches of frost have burned the coffee trees and will mean losses for at least the next two harvests.
"It was worse than I imagined... It's hard to see a plantation that didn't suffer," said agronomist Adriano Rabelo de Rezende, technical coordinator of the Minasul cooperative to Reuters, after flying over farms in the municipalities of Varginha, Elói Mendes, Paraguaçu, Alfenas, Machado, Boa Esperan . . .