2010-2011 Colombian Coffee Crop May Drop

Colombia’s coffee harvest may decline in 2011 after wet weather caused the worst outbreak of a plant-damaging fungus in a quarter of a century.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Above-average rainfall for a second season will lead to a third year of “low” production in 2011, said Jose Sierra, who represents Antioquia, the nation’s largest coffee-growing province, at Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers. The group last week forecast 2010 output of 10 million bags.

Wet weather “triggers a lot of disease like the coffee- fungus problem,” Sierra said today in an interview in Bogota. “This phenomenon hasn’t been seen in 25 years.”

Coffee has surged 33 percent this year in New York, partly as weather hampers the South American nation from making a sustained recovery from its worst crop last year since 1976.

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July 2011

Guatemalan corn growers expect the harvest for the period 2011-2012 to be the best in the last 20 years.

The expected production for this crop, beginning in August 2011 and ending in January 2012, is 30 million quintals according to Jorge Gonzalez, manager of the Agricultural Cooperative Pipiltlán in Asuncion Mita, Jutiapa.

Nicaragua Will Plant 70,000 Ha of Beans

October 2010

Domestic producers are seeking to reverse the shortage of grain present in the country and the region.

In the coming weeks, 70,000 hectares of beans will be planted, so that there is sufficient inventory starting December.

Laprensagrafica.com reports, "Nicaragua and other countries in the region face a severe shortage of red beans, as rains in the last month damaged crops and grain exporters prioritized their foreign sales.”

Honduran coffee harvest beats production target

July 2008

Honduran coffee producers have already surpassed their target of 4.4 million quintals for the current harvest. Now they are aiming to reach 4.7 million.

High prices – about US$160 per quintal – have spurred the increase said José Saavedra, a coffee grower.
"There are still three months to go before the end of the harvest. We've already reached 4.5 million quintals, so 4.7 million is in sight," he added.

Costa Rica: melon growers lost an additional 5% of their harvest

April 2008

Heavy rainfall during the last two weeks affected an additional 5% of the melon production in Guanacaste (Costa Rica). Growers lost already 35% of their crop (about 77,000 tons) of the projected harvest for this year.

This reduction was the result of an unexpected rainy season since December 2007. Excessive humidity generated more diseases and hampered ripening.

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