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Wisconsin Syrup Production Up

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 8:10 am

Wisconsin increased its production of maple syrup by 32 percent this year, maintaining the state as the nation’s fourth-leading producer.
Wisconsin harvested 155,000 gallons this year, in part because of a longer season and also because of temperatures favorable to sap flow.

This year’s maple-syrup season ran from February to May, lasting eight days longer than last year’s. The Associated Press also reports that prices also improved for Wisconsin producers.

Vermont is the nation’s dominant producer. It generates about 40 percent of the U.S. output. New York and Maine round out the top three.
The sugar content of Wisconsin maple syrup this year meant it took 38 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup. That’s better than the national average of 43 gallons.

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