Share “Slow start to maple season in chilly...”

Slow start to maple season in chilly Massachusetts

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 16, 2014 at 11:33 am •  Published: March 16, 2014
Advertisement

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — In chilly Massachusetts, maple season is off to a slow start.

Maple season starts at the end of February in a typical year. But despite being well into March, temperatures have been too low for the sap to drip out.

This winter has had more snowfall and lower temperatures than normal, and temperatures are not forecast to rise much over the next two weeks, said Bill Simpson, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

Many farms have yet to start tapping their trees, said Winton Pitcoff, coordinator for the Massachusetts Maple Production Association. But it's too soon to say whether the late start will affect the overall maple season, which ends in April, Pitcoff said.

"We could still have a very good season," Pitcoff said. "There have been many seasons where it didn't start until late into March."

But drastically fluctuating weather would be bad news, he said. A gradual warm-up is best for maple sugar production, he said.

Last year, Massachusetts produced about 63,000 gallons of syrup, ranking ninth in maple production nationwide. Vermont produced the most with 1.3 million gallons.

Continue reading this story on the...