The main dry season set in fairly abruptly in late November, and conditions were harsher than average throughout the entire dry season in the Gagnoa-Sinfra-Oume region in Ivory Coast.
However, the situation quickly improved with the return of rains in late February – beginning of March. Several abundant showers made for a significantly wetter-than-average month of March and excellent conditions for leaf flushing and flowering to take place. Precipitations have slowed down again since mid-March, but, given the amount of water accumulated in the soil in the first half of the month and some new precipitations since, the new production cycle should have continued without any problems.
Barring an (unlikely) unusually long dry spell in the next weeks, we expect a normal timing of the start of the setting for the next main crop, and good conditions so far for the survival of this setting.