Wisconsin Maple Production Way Down This Year

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

While most Wisconsinites have enjoyed this spring’s unusually warm weather, the state’s maple-syrup producers have been struggling. The Maple syrup industry in the state was trying to salvage whatever little sap was flowing, but now officials have determined just how bad the harvest was.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced 50,000 gallons of maple syrup this year. That’s down 68 percent from the 155,000 gallons produced last year.

Experts say maple trees generate the most sap when cool days are followed by freezing nights. That was a problem this year, as temperatures began hitting the high 60s by mid-March.

Wisconsin wasn’t the only state whose harvest suffered. Every major producer except Maine saw a decrease. U.S. production fell 32 percent to 1.9 million gallons.

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