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Rain, No Vog Appear To Be Helping Kona Coffee Crop, Though Other Challenges Remain


KAILUA-KONA — A combination of above-average rainfall and vog-free skies appears to have set up Kona coffee farmers for a better season this year, but a couple challenges are cropping up.

That relatively positive outlook is good news in the wake of a 2018-19 season blocked by a thick layer of vog amid the Kilauea Volcano eruption and a dismal 2017-18 attributed to reduced production. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics have not been released for last season, however, production and value were down more than 10% in 2017-18 and the season prior.

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