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  1. Yes, USDA https://www.nass.usda.gov/ produces...

    Yes, USDA https://www.nass.usda.gov/ produces that information in their annual reports back about 15 yrs I think. We have it for about 50 yrs, but it isn't publicly available at this point. That is...
  2. https://mapleresearch.org/pub/mn1116weather-2/

    https://mapleresearch.org/pub/mn1116weather-2/
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    Vermont Maple Conference

    The Vermont Maple Conference Week (Wed, Dec 8 - Fri, Dec 10) hosted by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association and UVM Extension has had to alter its structure due to rising COVID numbers. Now...
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    Vermont Maple Conference

    The Vermont Maple Conference Week (Wed, Dec 8 - Fri, Dec 10) hosted by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association and UVM Extension has had to alter its structure due to rising COVID numbers. Now...
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    Start with training young children and then work...

    Start with training young children and then work your way down to dogs, cats, then squirrels.
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    That would work, but as previously noted, break...

    That would work, but as previously noted, break it up into several individual runs.
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    You’ll see that those large BTU propane cookers are very inefficient and the output varies considerably. As they release gas at a high rate the orifice freezes up, slowing down the heat. It’ll then...
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    Easy…do it like squirrels. Climb to the upper...

    Easy…do it like squirrels. Climb to the upper branches, nip the bark with your teeth, wait for the sap to flow and dry into sugar crystals by the sun, then lick it up. No plastic - no metal - no fire...
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    Coming up at the end of this survey. If anyone...

    Coming up at the end of this survey. If anyone hasn't yet completed it yet, you can find it at:

    https://tinyurl.com/PMRC-Survey1

    We appreciate the help and input.
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    2021 Vermont Maple Conference

    The Vermont Maple Conference, normally held in January of each year, will be offered December 8 - 11, 2021. Sessions will be a combination of virtual (online) and in-person (December 11, at Vermont...
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    Sags in lateral lines are far less detrimental,...

    Sags in lateral lines are far less detrimental, but still should be avoided to the extent possible.
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    Given your low amount of slope, get a decent hand...

    Given your low amount of slope, get a decent hand level and learn how to use it. Focus on getting the mainline wire tight and just slightly downhill from the top to the bottom of the run. A slope of...
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    UVM Maple News

    The UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences & Extension has a new newsletter. Here are some recent posts related to maple.

    https://site.uvm.edu/cals-news/tag/maple/
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    Maybe you can make a trade with someone for...

    Maybe you can make a trade with someone for prescription medications, in which case the gouging is in the opposite direction and has been for decades. :D
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    Poll: Excellent question.

    Excellent question.
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    Good to hear FGU will be doing this work. It...

    Good to hear FGU will be doing this work. It should extend the findings of prior work into the southern production areas of maple.

    If you want more info on cleaning 3/16" tubing before 2022,...
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    Peroxide is the least effective (and least cost...

    Peroxide is the least effective (and least cost effective) of the chemical sanitizers that UVM and Cornell studied for maple.
  18. Quick comments: - Don't use 3/16" tubing on...

    Quick comments:

    - Don't use 3/16" tubing on flat ground. It will not help you in any way in terms of natural vacuum, but will reduce pumped vacuum transfer and be more difficult to clean as it...
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    Probably not too difficult. Clamping the system...

    Probably not too difficult. Clamping the system down tight is important. You want to be really careful how much vacuum you pull on an apparatus not built to handle vacuum. Probably safe with a...
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    While as suggested, experienced operators can run...

    While as suggested, experienced operators can run their pans quite shallow, since this is a new evaporator and new process (divided pans) for you, I'd suggest boiling deeper than that. Maybe start...
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    If the syrup tastes good there is not a problem...

    If the syrup tastes good there is not a problem mixing batches. A continuous-flow evaporator (divided pans) does this as a matter of operation. If you wish to keep your grades separate, then not...
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    You will definitely enjoy moving to the divided...

    You will definitely enjoy moving to the divided pans. Smokey Lake makes a nice product. My brother-in-law just got a SL arch for his rig.

    The syrup is "tied up" in the pans for the duration of...
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    Sticky: Yes, with properly designed and operated AOF...

    Yes, with properly designed and operated AOF systems you don't need to add wood as frequently.
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    Excellent suggestion Dave. If it doesn't create...

    Excellent suggestion Dave. If it doesn't create too many other issues with pumping, this would be the way to go. You could run 5/16" tubing to pick up any trees on the flat ground.
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    3/16" tubing is not good on flat ground. Think...

    3/16" tubing is not good on flat ground. Think of it as a slope that you sled down. When it's steep, you really fly (good vacuum). If you have a flat spot at the bottom, you'll slow down (poor...
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