With or without rain by late May, Brazil harvests will be disrupted; sugar cane down 30%

Rainfall virtually ceased in March and in April there was no rain at all. According to analyses of the sugar-energy market in the full harvest season, average production losses range between 6% and 10%.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Professor Paulo Sentelhas, head of Agrometeorology at Esalq/USP, is often more cautious than professional meteorologists when forecasting over 10, 15 days. He says that there is a chance of rain from Paraná state upward only in late May, early June.

Until then, rain or no rain, all annual, perennial, and semi-perennial crops are expected to experience severe productivity losses, putting pressure on expected crop volumes.

Rainfall virtually ceased in March, and in April, there was no rain at all. As a result, soil water retention improved from December to February - "but with some regions . . .

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