Maple Production

Maple tree tapped with tubing
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The USDA Agricultural Statistics Service issued its report on maple syrup production this week.  It shows that nationwide production this spring was up, with trees being tapped as early as January 1st.

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Warm days and cold nights are supposed to ease us into spring: slowly melt the snow and ice and let the crocuses burst into bloom.  The warm and cold cycle also triggers the sap run in maple trees and the start of sugaring season in the Northeast.  

It’s a sure sign of spring when the trees are tapped.  “There’s a little sap so we’ve got to get the spout in.”

And the sap flows into sugarhouses where evaporators get fired up to boil a sweet spring treat.
It’s maple season in the North Country.

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New York State has edged out Maine to keep its spot as the nation's second biggest producer of maple syrup.