2015 Sugaring Season
After a short but average syrup making season in 2014, we're gearing up for another spring of making that sweet maple syrup. Continue to check back regularly to see weather updates for our area, as
well as regular updates on how our sap run is progressing.
Short and long term weather forecasts are one of a syrup producer's best tools to help them prepare for a sap run. Cold nights below freezing with daytime temps above freezing will always get that sap moving. In addition, a falling barometric pressure that accompanies an approaching storm will also increase the local sap run.
These are strictly observations on what's happening in our area and generalizations on what we THINK will happen. Please note that every area is different and should therefore be tapped accordingly.
It's finally March and that means it's time to think about tapping your trees. Looking at the long range forecast it looks as though we might see some days above 32 degrees early next week - time to put out a test tap and watch it. If you're a hobby producer and can get all your taps out in a few hours, I would not plan to tap yet, but check back on Friday and see what the extended forecast looks like then. Generally the first day over 32 does not cause a run, but if there are a few of those days in a row, then the fun will start. We plan to start putting our first taps in this Saturday. Good luck - the 2015 season is just around the corner!
With the January thaw many areas are experiencing, some people are getting anxious to start tapping. Keep in mind that the cold temps will return, and that any sap flow that may be happening now will be thinner than normal and short lived. We're still a few weeks away from starting the process of tapping our trees here, which will take us a couple of weeks to fully complete.