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Frosts affect sugarcane, coffee and orange crops in Brazil: meteorology expert

By Ana Mano

SAO PAULO, Jul 20 (.) – Frosts on Tuesday are affecting crops such as sugar cane, coffee and oranges in the south-central region of Brazil, a Rural Clima meteorologist said in a report.

Marco Antonio dos Santos, a partner meteorologist and director of the consultancy, said Tuesday that he had received multiple videos showing the frosts, but noted that it was too early to determine the exact damage to these crops.

Temperatures should rise starting Wednesday as the cold front recedes, he said.

Coffee traders said that this frost was stronger than the previous one, and that it affected crops in the state of Minas Gerais, the main producer.

Frosts have been documented as far south as the state of Goiás, in the agricultural heart of the country, Santos said, referring to the central-west region, where average temperatures tend to be higher than in southern Brazil.

Santos also predicted that frosts “as bad” as Tuesday could return by the end of the month in the south-central region, where some farmers have not yet finished harvesting their second corn crop.

Starting Saturday, a new cold front will hit Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, Santos said. This system is expected to move north and bring showers to important agricultural regions, reaching the north of the state of São Paulo.

(Report by Ana Mano and Marcelo Teixeira in New York, edited in Spanish by Gabriela Donoso)

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