Coffee Investigational Work

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1935
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Harrison, E.
Waters, H.B.
Tothill, J.D.
Findlay, A.J.
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The rainfall recorded at the Scott Laboratories for the year was 40.68 inches. This is 4.48 inches in excess of the previous year's total and 3.32 inches above the average for the past eleven years. The amount recorded would appear at first glance to be adequate for the crop, but in fact the coffee produced was generally of an inferior quality and the trees in most cases showed considerable debility. An examination of the monthly rainfall gives an indication of the causes of this and confirms the statements made on many previous occasions that an average or high annual rainfall is no criterion of the suitability of a district for coffee growing. What is of more value is an evenly distributed rainfall, particularly at periods when the trees are undergoing a strain, such as when the fruit is maturing.
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East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 1 (3), pp. 431-439
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