Many maple producers in Western Pennsylvania were reporting a low sugar content to start the season off in late January and early February.
With an unusually cold winter and temporary warm streaks here and there, the weather has played a big part in maple production in the Keystone State. [ MORE ]
The second Nor’Easter in a week in the Northeast has slowed down the trees and given sugarmakers a much needed break.
“We boiled nine out of the last 10 days in a row through Wednesday,” said Joanne Birch of Readsboro, Vt. who has already made half a crop.
But on Thursday and Friday, Birch got 22.5 inches of snow, piled on top of the 9 inches from the Nor’Easter last week.
“It’s all fluffy stuff but I don’t want to have to go in the woods,” she said. [ MORE ]
A ten day stretch of perfect sugaring weather in February had sugarmakers scrambling to get taps in and tanks set.
And making a ton of syrup.
“We were tapped by Feb. 6 and boiling on Feb. 15,” said Paul Turner of Turner Maple Farms in Egremont, Mass. [ MORE ]
Quebec’s 2016 maple syrup production was 148.2 million pounds, an unprecedented 23% jump from the previous record of 120 million pounds set in 2013, the Federation of Quebec Maple Producers reported. [ MORE ]
Sugarmakers in the Granite State are worried about the forecast this week.
“It looks like it’s going to warm up real fast,” said Bruce Treat, a sugarmaker in Bow, N.H. with 700 taps on pipeline. Treat tapped on Feb. 17 and 18 and boiled for the first time on Feb. 21. “It makes you wonder if the the trees are going to recharge,” he said.
Treat was not alone in his concerns. [ MORE ]