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Maple Syrup
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Fiddler    Posted 03-25-2003 at 21:18:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Haven't heard you all talking about the SAP flow.
I sure find it intresting and educational when you all have that sweet talk.

Home Comfort    Posted 03-26-2003 at 16:32:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
An Amish woman here in Indiana said that they got a late start- about three weeks late because of the cold weather. Now, it is too warm. She predicts a low production year.

Ron/PA    Posted 03-26-2003 at 00:40:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine is over here in central PA, It only lasted a week, and a poor flow at that.
We oughta finish up today or tomorrow, but hey,,,

bob ny    Posted 03-26-2003 at 04:56:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
ron you sound like a mets fan or maybe a cubs fan the ice storm we had in november knocked down and topped about 10 maples we have a lot of sap running down the outside of the trees i spent all day yesterday cutting limbs into manageable peices i will have plenty of firewood for next year some of the trees that came down were 10 in. or better the oaks seened to stay up but lost the tops will loose them in a couple years

Salmoneye    Posted 03-26-2003 at 05:44:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You may not lose as many trees as you think...

VT was hit hard in the Ice Storm of 98...Most of the trees that people cut down should have been left...Mine have come back well and are recrowning where they lost major limbs...Some people here killed entire stands...they were wrong to do so...

Trees are some resilient weeds...

bob ny    Posted 03-26-2003 at 06:07:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
i am not cutting any trees that are vertical or climbing them to seal them i have over 25 trees running parrell to the ground which may or may not survive but they are going to be cut up for firewood the devesation on our mountain from that storm is horrendous i havn't even been down in the woods to see what damadge is there i only saw what is visable from our yard we have 29 acres of which we use about 2 acres

Salmoneye    Posted 03-26-2003 at 08:52:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had one 18 inch tree on a fence line that went to a 30 degree lean due to the few tons of ice she had...Still there, has not moved farther, and the new growth is attempting to compensate on the uphill side for the lean...


Salmoneye    Posted 03-26-2003 at 03:04:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Boiling today...maybe 100 gallons of sap but the sugar is still over 3% here...

If I were you Ron, I would be taking a look at the long range forecast...

Here it is gonna get cold again...I still have frost in the shaded places too...

Made only 7 gallons so far...expect 3+ today...and that is still less than half what I expected for the year...

This aint over...I bet 3 more weeks here...

DeadCarp - i'm confused    Posted 03-26-2003 at 06:58:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many times i've heard you guys mention weather and sap. Now, SOMETIME between here and summer, doesn't the same amount of sap get into every tree every year (more or less)? I can understand weather affecting flow rates, but what's IDEAL? Or why not wait til summer and tap everything?

Salmoneye    Posted 03-26-2003 at 08:49:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Once the buds pop, the sap turns green and gets a woody-buddy flavour...Personally, I like late season syrup better...I want it black and thick and full of flavour...Early season syrup is usually lighter...sweet as heck, but not much maple to it...Most people pull thier taps when the sap gets a good yellow tinge to it...I will wait till the stuff coming off the evaporator tastes bad...


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