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Sap's been running and things are running pretty smoothly. We got the filter press working and this is helping considerably in filtering all the syrup we're making and making the process more efficient.
We collected 600 gal of sap on Monday and boiled it Tuesday morning for a local nature camp which stopped by.
Looking at the extended forecast, we'll be boiling Wednesday through Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Although the weather this weekend is about perfect for sap flow, it got off to a slow start. I believe due to how cold it was last week, it's taking a while for the trees to thaw out. Also this woods is colder than the surrounding area. Today when I came home for lunch, it was 50 degrees at home, but only 40 degrees in the woods. A cold woods makes for a rough start early in the season, but because it's colder, it'll run better later in the season. The trees finally started running around 2pm with one section in a low area still not running at 5:30. It's supposed to stay warm tonight and be another nice day tomorrow, so it will continue to thaw the trees out and we should get a good run out of it. We will be boiling tomorrow afternoon. The start time will be determined based on how much sap we get tonight and tomorrow.
We thought the season was getting off to an early start, but it's looking like a normal season. Typically, the season gets into full swing the first week of March and it's looking like it's going to be the same this year. Based on the long range forecast, the weather's going to break on Saturday with prime sugaring weather this weekend. We should be boiling this weekend, so check back in to find out when.
Due to the cold weather this week, the trees pretty much shut down which is expected during the early part of the season. From the little bit of warmer weather we've gotten the past few days, we've only collected about 150 gal of sap which we'll boil off in a couple of hours tonight.
We're crossing our fingers, but the long range forecast shows warm weather for next week. Keep checking back in for updates.
We've collected about 975 gallons from Wednesday through Saturday. The trees ran well Thursday and Friday and despite the temperature, they were running a bit yesterday. Even though it was a scramble to get this early run, it's been good to get the bugs worked out before the sap really runs. We'll be boiling off the rest of our sap tonight.
It doesn't look like the weather's going to break until Thursday. We'd expect to get sap later this week.
Maple season is here and like last year it's about 2 weeks early so we're playing a bit of catch up. We spent Tuesday night and all day yesterday tapping trees and getting the vacuum pump set up. By the end of the day, we had about 530 of our 600 taps installed and pulling 25" of vacuum(anything over 20" is good). About the time the trees started to thaw out and run, they froze back up. He did manage to trip the releaser a few times and probably have 10 gal of sap in the tank.
Saturday, we'll be installing the remainder of our taps in these woods.
Based on the weather forecast, the sap should run today through tomorrow night and should give us enough sap to boil tomorrow and probably Saturday.
Here's to a good season!