UVM Extension is distributing off flavor testing kits to help the sugarmaker identify off flavors in syrup. They are available for $15 through the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.
Last day ropy syrup drips off the draw-off spout at the Maple News sugarhouse in Hebron, N.Y. on April 14.
Sugarmaker David Fuller of Fuller's Sugarbush in Jefferson, N.H. watches sap gush through 1.5 inch wet/dry mainlines inside his sugarhouse on April 7. Fuller had a record day on April 4, making 875 gallons in a single boil.
A new program from the USDA's Farm Service Agency can help producers fund new facilities for sap storage and for holding tanks, up to $100,000.