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Are you watching your profits evaporate?

Mark Cannella | May 2017

Maple sugaring in 2015 was not as profitable as 2014. The record crop in 2016 was able to stabilize overall financial performance but on a pound for pound basis the 2016 profit margins were still down as market prices slipped. MORE ]

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Off-flavor syrup reference available

Mark L. Isselhardt, Maple Specialist University of Vermont Extension Proctor Maple Research Center | February 2017

A new product to help producers identify off-flavors in maple syrup is available for the 2017 production season.

The product, officially known as the Off-flavor syrup reference set, was developed by the University of Vermont Extension Maple Program. The kits are intended for anyone who works with pure maple syrup, especially those who are responsible for grading pure syrup and are using flavor terminology common to U.S. producers. MORE ]

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Long-term average a better predictor of air temperature

Tim Perkins, University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center | Jan. 2017

Whether it is choosing when to tap, or anticipating when the sap will run (or stop), maple production is intimately tied to the daily change in weather. Producers keep a close eye on their trees, and often an even closer eye on the weather forecast.

Although the weather prediction can provide some level of information about the possibility of impending sap runs, it can sometimes lead to a bit of angst if the forecasted weather appears that it will be too cold or too warm for good flows. MORE ]

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Devastating caterpillar

By Mark Isselhardt, UVM Extension, Maple Specialist  | September 2016

An infestation of forest tent caterpillar or FTC (Malacosoma disstria) has developed in several parts of Vermont this summer. This early-season defoliator is a native insect and has the potential to defoliate large areas of hardwood forest. Sugar maple is one of the caterpillars preferred host trees. MORE ]

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Some confusion over IPA usage

Various Contributors | March 2016

Increased attention to spout and tubing sanitization has led to rising sap yields for maple producers. Cleaning and replacement (use of new spouts, use of Check-valve spouts or adapters, or replacing spouts and droplines) strategies have different effects on sap yields, and each carry their own costs in terms of supplies and labor to implement the various approaches, and thus each has a different net profit. MORE ]

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Recent trends in the maple industry III - changes in sap yield

Timothy D. Perkins, M.L. Isselhardt and A.K. van den Berg |

This series of articles has described the changes in the U.S. maple industry over the past 15-20 years. We have witnessed an era of tremendous growth in production, much of it coming about due to the addition of taps. Utilizing the data collected by the U.S.D.A. National Agricultural Statistics Service, it is easy to see that one of the more striking changes though has been the increases in the quantity of sap per tap (sap yield) that producers are now able to collect. MORE ]

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Recent trends in the maple industry II: U.S. expansion

Timothy D. Perkins, M.L. Isselhardt and A.K. van den Berg |

This second series installment focuses on expansion in the maple industry over the past ten years. We will primarily rely upon the 2012 U.S.D.A. Census of Agriculture (COA) as a basis for our information. In addition, although growth is evident in many maple-producing areas, we will focus primarily on the six top producing states, NH, PA, OH, ME, NY and VT, as these account for over 85% of the syrup made in the U.S.
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What's trending

By Timothy D. Perkins, M.L. Isselhardt and A.K. van den Berg |

This second series installment focuses on expansion in the maple industry over the past ten years. We will primarily rely upon the 2012 U.S.D.A. Census of Agriculture (COA) as a basis for our information. In addition, although growth is evident in many maple-producing areas, we will focus primarily on the six top producing states, NH, PA, OH, ME, NY and VT, as these account for over 85% of the syrup made in the U.S.
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