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.
The season is finally wrapping up, and it looks like we might get one more run this weekend, especially after the snow last night. However, I think that will be the last for 2015. It does appear at this point that WI and MN had at least an average crop with some areas doing even better than average, and I'll try to update once we know how the rest of the country did. Thanks for following these posts all season.
The season is definitely starting to wind down in our area. We currently are just shy of an average crop with probably another five to eight days to get the rest to make a full crop - which looks realistic at this point. Most of Wisconsin and Minnesota seems to have about 80 to 100% of a crop, while the deep snows and cold weather in the northeastern states has slowed their start. Production is way down for them, but I am told things are starting to happen now for them as well. New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Canada are reporting 20 to 30% of a crop, but their weather is still cold and they generally make syrup until at least the end of April in those areas, so there's plenty of time for them to catch up.
There's still some snow on the north and south side of our old syrup house, but not much. We have about 3/4 of a full crop right now, and assuming we can survive the next couple of warm days, there shouldn't be any reason why we won't have at least an average crop for this year. We're keeping our fingers crossed that we have another week of season left.
The sap runs over the past few days have been wonderful. We have about a half a crop now and the forecast looks promising for more to come.
The sap is still flowing and it seems to be getting better every day. Sunday afternoon was one of the best flows I have seen in quite some time, but it was short-lived. This week's weather forecast still looks perfect, so keep on cooking.
Finally, the trees are really starting to run and we're expecting this week to be a good one. Sap is pouring out of our tubing system today faster than it has all season, and with good hard freezes in the forecast for the next few nights, we are very optimistic for a full season. There's still a little frost in the ground, but it's starting to come out, and the moisture we received yesterday, while not much, really helped to get things moving. Sometimes three or four days can make or break your season, so I hope you're all ready to catch every drop. Good Luck!
We still have some snow on the south side of our sugar house, and dad (Norman Anderson) always said as long as there is snow on the south side we can still make syrup. The weather report for this coming week looks perfect - hang on, here comes the real season!
We finally had an okay run over the past few days, but these warm temperatures aren't helping things at all. The vacuum systems are showing their value this year and other producers that we've talked to are getting something on the vacuum, but not much on the pails or bags. Remember it's still early and the forecast is showing some days with nights below 32 for next week. Keep the faith - the trees have to run sometime.
We had a pretty good run Monday night and into Tuesday - nothing too big but definitely a start. The sugar content is still pretty low in the sap, but seems to be coming up some. I know the warm weather doesn't look good, but there is hope in the forecast as it looks like temps will cool down some with a chance of snow toward the end of next week. Keep in mind that it's still early and there's still plenty of time to make a lot of maple syrup.
It looks like the 2015 season is FINALLY here - time to make sure all your trees are tapped as the weather forecast looks very good. Our trees are tapped and ready to go, but so far not much is happening. We anticipate that will change soon.
It looks like the weather is going to start to cooperate with us. We plan to start tapping this weekend and to have all our taps in the by end of next week. If you have a lot of south facing hills with a lot of sunlight, there is a possibility of some small sap runs early next week. It is still a little early, but a good time to get that test tap out to see what happens. Good Luck!
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.