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Coffee Extends Longest Slump in 11 Years as Rains Boost Crops

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Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Coffee futures fell for the 10th straight session, the longest slump in more than a decade, on speculation that wet weather will boost the crop outlook in Brazil, the world’s top grower.

A cold front will bring rain to the entire Brazilian coffee belt from Nov. 2-6, according to Somar Meteorologia. Ample precipitation spurred multiple crop flowerings, while alternating dry periods allowed farmers to apply fertilizers and fungicides, Marco Antonio dos Santos, an agronomist at the Sao Paulo-based forecaster, said today in a telephone interview.

“The weather this season has been perfect,” dos Santos said. “We have everything in place to have output climb close to a record.”

Arabica coffee for December delivery dropped 1.4 percent to settle at $1.0755 a pound at 2 p.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York, after touching $1.069, the lowest for a most-active contract since March 2009. The last time prices declined for 10 straight sessions was in January 2002.

Futures are down 25 percent this year, heading for a third annual loss, the longest slide since 1993.

Brazil’s output may reach as high as 60 million bags next year, Rio de Janeiro-based broker Flavour Coffee said in a report on Oct. 24. That compares with production of 47.5 million bags this season, according to Conab, the government’s crop-forecasting agency. A bag weighs 60 kilograms, or 132 pounds.

Prices may drop to $1 by the end of the year, Kona Haque, a London-based analyst at Macquarie Group, said today in an e-mailed report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marvin G. Perez in New York at mperez71@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net