2017 Sugaring Season
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.
Although it's still early February – with the unseasonably warm weather we have been having many large producers around the state and country, including us, have started to put taps in. I think that if you're using a tubing system that is closed and tight to keep the elements out you likely won't suffer from tapping early.
For those of you on buckets or bags, I would recommend holding off another week to see what the forecast is. Open taps tend to heal much faster, so you don’t want to have old holes when the best part of the season comes.
Good luck everyone and happy tapping.