I know, I think I remember last year they started in late January and were done after 2-3 weeks, because winter was so weird.
Yes, it'll be 40s soon, then 55 on Sunday, where we are. But they say then back down into the 20s. But I can't remember the rule of thumb for this temp in the day and this temp at night for sap to flow...
"Sap flow in maple trees will not occur every day throughout the tapping season. It occurs when a rapid warming trend in early to midmorning follows a cool (below freezing) night. Thus, the amount of sap produced varies from day to day. Normally, a single tap-hole produces from a quart to a gallon of sap per flow period (from a few hours to a day or more), with a seasonal accumulation of 10 to 12 gallons per tap-hole likely."
I am waiting. The cold returns after only a week. Last year I tapped as soon as i saw a neighboring sugar shack going. I managed to make 3 quarts of syrup off 4 trees!! short short season but even with the early spring i didn't tap until february
I was debating, but see that the weather forecast has changed (yet again, why is that no surprise!) to being cold for most of the next 10 days. Looking back at my records from the two years I've tapped so far, I see that I tapped in early March both times.
We haven't tapped for the last two seasons (or is it 3?), but if we had last year , we should have tapped by mid February. Usually, we tap between the second and third weeks of March. Keep an eye on the weather. It is getting weirder, and we could conceivably have an early (Feb) and a late (Mar) run.
Chixarecute...and tasty, too!
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