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04/03/17
April 3, 2017
Filed under: General
Posted by: @ 3:56 pm

The season is over.  Pittman’s advised us today that the trees have turned so the sap is not usable anymore and it’s time to pull the spiles out of the trees.  Weiss Woods total was 1,130 gallons of maple syrup made from 45,524 gallons of sap.  Of the total the Harmon woods  was 905 gallons of maple sap made from 36,648 gallons of maple sap.  Sugar content was down  from .224 to .214 and sap was down 3,472 gallons so it was a little below average year for us.  It was a very good year for operators using vacuum systems since there was a lot of moisture in the ground.  We will be doing a cost analysis of putting vacuums systems into our 2 woods for next years sugaring season. .  The reason our sap was down as compared to the operations using vacuum was that we were not getting freezing nites and there wasn’t much sunshine so the sap only flowed at about 20% as compared to flowing after a freezing nite.  The vacuum systems would continue to pull sap higher volumes of sap.  Yesterday we collected our last sap of the season and we removed the 449 taps using blue plastic bags and the galvanized hangers. This took about 2 1/2 hours.   Helping in the woods was Vinnie, Dave, Jim, Kevin, Kari and Liz.  Today Jim and Dave started cleaning the equipment.  3 plastic tanks were cleaned with a pressure washer and put away.  Jim used the dishwasher to clean the bag hangars and did about 160 so over 1/3 done.  We’ll continue to clean up this week and plan to be done by Saturday.     

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