Vacuum systems like Richard Atwood’s are what make the difference in a tough year like this and keep the sap flowing, said Uihlien Forest Director Mike Farrell.
Photo by John Grybos.
continued Richard Atwood's results haven't been so rosy. He's a little above 50 percent of what he got in sap last year, though 2011 was an excellent year for all producers.
“The sap has been running pretty good, surprisingly,” said Atwood, “But I'm constantly watching the tree tops.”
When everybody else is happy with the weather, maple producers are miserable, said Atwood. With the weather as warm as it's been, Atwood said he expects his trees to stop making the good sap by the end of the week.
Farrell said that no matter what happens in Vermont and New York this year, Quebec still makes 80 percent of maple products. Whether there's a shortage or a surplus, the season will depend on the Canadian sugar shacks.