Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee. Current global coffee stocks are quite low in producing countries, and though inventories in consuming countries are fine, all eyes are on this growing season, as it has the potential to be of record size. It could be big enough to replenish stocks, but as most coffee market articles now state: it all depends on the weather.
The report for 10 November 2017 can be found here: aWhere Commodity Report - Brazil Coffee.Read More
John Corbett Ph.D., aWhere, Inc. Chief Science Officer - September 2017
Food Security Check: A 2017 Look at Sahel Region (Burkina Faso through Niger and northern Nigeria)Read More
Weather variability has increased and will only become more extreme as the atmosphere warms. A general overview of why this current variability will continue to increase in the coming years can be found in this blog: Food Security and Weather Variability.
Coffee's Precarious Position (August 2017)
The coffee plant, particularly Arabica (the more rich and tasty type), is vulnerable to decreased production due to many factors from too warm nighttime temperatures to variable rains and drought. Taking between 30-35 weeks from flowering to harvest-ready, the risk of stressed periods is much greater now than ever. Stressed trees are more susceptible to disease and insect damage. The last section of this document is a brief primer on growing coffee and the relationship between the coffee tree and the weather.Read More
Here at aWhere, we monitor the agricultural earth with a weather station’s worth of daily data every 9km – yes, every 9km we construct a virtual weather station. These observed data are current through yesterday and we provide 7 days (and up to 15 days) worth of hourly data for each of these virtual weather stations – forecasts are updated every 6 hours.Read More
aWhere’s Agricultural Intelligence products provide users with accurate – and localized - agricultural information for the entire agricultural earth. In order to accomplish this, aWhere integrates information from ground weather stations, Doppler weather stations, satellites, and other sources from around the world in order to create a continuous global ‘weather surfaces’(continuous, accurate, geographic layers of weather information). By collecting and organizing this information, aWhere is able to create a global network of more than 1.5 million virtual weather stations that provide daily observed and hourly forecast information. With quality data since 2006, recent increases in weather variability are captured at a hyper-local resolution.Read More
Rainfall is clearly the key variable when monitoring crop production, but what are the ramifications of the warming atmosphere? Even a slight increase in temperatures during the growing season is cause for careful monitoring. More and more I am seeing reports when ‘near normal’ rainfall is equated to ‘all is well,’ yet there is a fundamental flaw in this thinking.Read More