Friday, March 26, 2010

Warm March, not so good

Most people love a mild winter but the downside of warmer temperatures only means a smaller supply of our favorite all-natural maple syrup.

The syrup is till really good but quantity what gives us the problem.

The ideal weather for maple sugaring is freezing nights in the 20s and then mild days in the 40s, with bud-nourishing sap leaving the roots after sunrise and running past taps up to tree branches.

When nights stay warm, the sap doesn't return to the roots, ending the cycle and closing the tapping window.

The concern this year wasnt so much of the warmer temperatures in the daytime, even though they are little above, but the nighttime is our biggest problem, the nights havent just cooled down as much.

A normal season you can produce 60 to 80 gallons of syrup, with the most two recent years hitting the 100-gallon mark. This year, the maple farm only had enough sap to boil 50 gallons.

It will be several weeks before we can accurately measure how much it is affected and if the warm weather's impact fully be known.

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