The latest NNYADP-funded maple research project results are now available. Project leader Adam D. Wild, director of the Uihlein Maple Research Forest in Lake Placid, N.Y., has provided the details of his investigation into the opportunity to increase syrup production by re-tapping maples within the sap season. His report is available in .doc and .pdf formats.
Some report highlights:
“Recent maple sugaring seasons have seen increased amounts of thawing earlier in the winter to be followed by extended freezes and later thaw-outs. . . This flux in weather across the maple season has extended the duration of the sap season. . . Producers are challenged to capture either early or late runs and must try to anticipate future weather patterns to optimize their sugar yield. . . With funding from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, the feasibility of re-tapping maple trees during the sap season was tested in 2019 and 2020 at Cornell University’s Uihlein Maple Research Forest in Lake Placid, NY.”
“Four treatments were applied. . . all trees were under vacuum. . . using 5/16-inch spouts and tubing.”
Click here to read the 2019-2020 NNYADP “Increasing Syrup Production by Re-Tapping Maples within the Sap Season” report.
Click here for more information on past NNYADP maple and birch syrup production.