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    So far we can't complain. Looks like we'll get...

    So far we can't complain. Looks like we'll get about 200 quarts from 203 taps. About average the old timers tell me, but the best we've done in a couple of years. The syrup is good this year and the...
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    Gathered about 250 gallons of sap on Wednesday....

    Gathered about 250 gallons of sap on Wednesday. Finished it yesterday morning (March 6th). Got just under 7 gallons of syrup. Very little niter (Yea!!). I believe it is the lightest syrup we have...
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    Finally got tapped yesterday (March 2nd). 203...

    Finally got tapped yesterday (March 2nd). 203 taps; all on buckets. They're running pretty good today. Hope it doesn't get too warm too fast and then stay that way. Always hoping for a good season....
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    Disappointed in our collection on Wednesday...

    Disappointed in our collection on Wednesday (March 27th); Only about 230 gallons of sap from 200 pails. Took about 11 gallons off the evap pan last night. Hope to get 6 to 8 gallons of syrup when we...
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    It's a struggle but we got 200 taps out on the...

    It's a struggle but we got 200 taps out on the 14th & 15th of March. Collected 3 times so far. Packaged 16 gallons thru yesterday and hope to package another 6 or so today. With last nights freeze...
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    Finally got some sap in Winneshiek County

    Collected about 225 gallons of sap on Monday (March 12th). Lots of ice was throw out before we dumped the buckets so the test seems to be pretty good. Boiled most of it down today and will finish up...
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    Finally got some sapo

    Collected about 150 gallons of sap Saturday. Boiled it down yesterday and will probably get about 3 to 4 gallons of syrup when we finish it with a propane pan tomorrow. Not much sap will run today,...
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    Not much running here yet!

    Put out 200 taps last Saturday and Sunday (Feb 24th & 25th). Must have not been cold enough at nights this week as we didn't get much sap yet. We had 22° last night so hopefully will run well today....
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    Glad to see we finally got an Iowa forum. I'm in...

    Glad to see we finally got an Iowa forum. I'm in the far NE corner of the state. The way the weather forecast looks we probably won't be tapping up here until the 20th of February or possibly even...
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    I live in Ogle County, Illinois but tap in NE...

    I live in Ogle County, Illinois but tap in NE Iowa. Frankly in both places the weather doesn't look favorable through Friday, March 7th. Maybe the weatherman's wrong it will warm up next week after...
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    Least sugar sand I've ever seen

    I agree that the lack of sand this year is great. I've never seen it this good. The syrup is also the lightest color I've ever made. I didn't test the sap but I got about 11 gallons of syrup from...
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