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    Heat tape on releasers

    Has anyone put heat tape on their releasers to keep them from freezing up? One of my double releasers is in a shed that is unheated and freezes when the temp drops below 20 degrees. I don't think...
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    I have 2 inch and a half lines(wet, dry) running...

    I have 2 inch and a half lines(wet, dry) running through a 30" round road culvert. I keep the vacuum running so it doesn't freeze under the road and have had no problems for 8 years.
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    No, but if you make maple syrup, you might want...

    No, but if you make maple syrup, you might want to join.
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    As of last week, Bascom's is only selling 55's...

    As of last week, Bascom's is only selling 55's and 30's. no 40's. The price of a 30 is 5 cents more per pound.
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    2018 Pre-season meeting

    Hello Sugar Makers,
    We are very excited to present the MSPAC pre-season agenda for January 20th, 2018. Yes, 2018. I am sure that this mild weather is triggering your sugaring senses to start...
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    The Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) was first...

    The Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) was first brought to the U.S. (specifically, to Medford, MA) from France in 1869 by Etienne Leopold Trouvelot, who was interested in seeing if he could cultivate...
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    Actually, it Gypsy Moth defoliation. It has...

    Actually, it Gypsy Moth defoliation. It has devastated Eastern Connecticut the last 2 years. We have had some relief this year with the wet weather that has activated a fungus in the soil that is...
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    2017 Pre-Season Meeting

    Maple Syrup Producers Association of CT
    Pre-Season Meeting
    REMINDER TO ALL MSPAC MEMBERS:
    On Saturday, January 21st, 2017, the annual Pre-season Meeting will be held at Lyman Memorial High School...
  9. Check out my post in the Sugarbush Management...

    Check out my post in the Sugarbush Management section on our gypsy moth problem with a photo. Yes, they are definitely Gypsy Moths.
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    Gypsy moths in Eastern Connecticut

    Portions of Eastern Connecticut have been hit hard by a re-infestation of Gypsy moths. Vast areas of Red and White Oaks have been completely stripped of their leaves. Where oaks are lacking, maples...
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    How about check valves? I have 2 barrel full of...

    How about check valves? I have 2 barrel full of used Leader check valves, and I refuse to toss them into the waste stream.
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    I would start by doing some serious thinning. ...

    I would start by doing some serious thinning. Allowing large crowns to develop will insure a higher sugar content.
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    We have ours through Nationwide.

    We have ours through Nationwide.
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    I suspect that it is to little; to late. The sap...

    I suspect that it is to little; to late. The sap has changed composition and is no longer clear or palatable.
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    They are all made by Hillside Plastics...

    They are all made by Hillside Plastics (Sugarhill).
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    Having gone through a few of these thermometers,...

    Having gone through a few of these thermometers, I realized that the weak point is the connection between the stainless probe and the flexible mesh connection. Submerging this connection into the...
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    EPA issues new regs for woodburners

    Reading the article in the latest issue of Farming Magazine has me wondering if us maple producers who burn wood in our evaporators need to be wary of possible regulations on emissions down the road.
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    -All using Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm Maple Syrup ...

    -All using Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm Maple Syrup
    Barn - Jamestown, RI
    Bristol Oyster Bar -Bristol, RI
    Castle Hill Inn & Resort- Newport, RI
    Clio Restaurant- boston, MA
    Eli's Kitchen...
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    Has anyone heard if the bulk price for syrup for...

    Has anyone heard if the bulk price for syrup for 2015 has been set? I have customers waiting for payment for sap I purchased.
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    Any wine and beer making store carries this. The...

    Any wine and beer making store carries this. The dosage amount is right on the Leader package.
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    On a call to Bascom's this morning, they said...

    On a call to Bascom's this morning, they said that the bulk price would not be set for another month by the Quebec Federation. Bascom's is presently buying all Grade A @ $2.35/lb. and any other...
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    Yesterday was our last boil. 785 gallons of sap...

    Yesterday was our last boil. 785 gallons of sap at 0.6%; thank goodness for the RO which gave me 7.6% concentrate.
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    First tick of the season

    Soon as most of the snow melts, I find a tick in my beard. Luckily s black tick shows up well with a white beard.
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    1200 taps in, 200 to go.

    1200 taps in, 200 to go.
  25. http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/science-and-innovation/re...

    http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/science-and-innovation/research-centres/quebec/food-research-and-development-centre/maple-syrup-flavour/flavour-wheel-for-maple-products/?id=1231363888838
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