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03/26/16
3/26/2016
Filed under: General
Posted by: @ 7:23 pm

It’s been 4 weeks since we tapped and the sap continues to run. Is it because we are using the new clear spiles or are the conditions in place that any type of spile could be used.   We have now collected more sap than last year -  about 43,000 gallons /  1139 gallons of maple syrup. There will be a warm stretch for the next few days before the polar vortex returns.  If this happens and our tap holes remain fresh we should be getting close to our all time highs for sap and maple syrup. The sap remains crystal clear since it’s been too cool for the trees to bud out.  The woods have plenty of moisture from the 7 inches of snow that fell this week.  This is one of the wettest springs that we can remember.  Usually a muddy trail in the woods means a good sap year.  The conditions are in place for continued sap running. Even though it doesn’t freeze the trees continue to run - at a slower pace though. 

Today Jim, Bruce, Dave, Brent, Kevin and Brandon’s family attended Pittmans open house for his sap providers.  They provided pancakes, french toast, smokies (made by JM Watkins - Brandon’s business) and bloody mary’s if you wanted.  After that I visited dad in Durand for lunch and then did a tour of the Harmon Woods.  There was 1 tree not tapped & one drop off - so everthing is looking pretty good.   I also walked the far west black drain line to make sure everything is setup correctly - this line runs for about 1500 feet.  The line only needed a few adjustments to what Brent had done last week.   the sap bags had about 275 gallons so we will wait till tomorrow afternoon to pickup the bag sap.   

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