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  1. Tubing size and fitting size is a big factor. ...

    Tubing size and fitting size is a big factor. Some manufacturers make fittings with bigger barbs for a tighter fit, and the inner diameter of tubing can vary a good deal from company to company and...
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    $15-20/tap for the wet/dry tubing system itself...

    $15-20/tap for the wet/dry tubing system itself depending upon installer, terrain, accessibility, # taps per lateral, etc. Pumps, releaser, burying line, etc. not included.
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    I would avoid it. We once had a sugarmaker bring...

    I would avoid it. We once had a sugarmaker bring us pans that was riddled with pinholes. Although the pans were only a few years old, he had burned PT wood and tubing in the arch, creating some...
  4. Thread: 52 years

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    Congratulations Dave. My wife and I were also...

    Congratulations Dave. My wife and I were also married on a Friday the 13th...very deliberately, although it really freaked out some of our relatives. Turned out to be lucky for us too -- 37 years...
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    Thanks. :D It is kind of funny how startling...

    Thanks. :D It is kind of funny how startling they can be.
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    Thin Crowns on Maple this fall

    We've fielded several questions about this from folks in upstate NY and Vermont. There is an interesting segment on thin maple crowns in Vermont this fall. ...
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    We see deer, bear, moose and other critters in...

    We see deer, bear, moose and other critters in the woods on UVM property pretty regularly (we abut a state forest with a lot of forestland). Often they're walking down our driveway. When they spot...
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    Northeast SARE Farmer Grants 2020

    Farmer Grants

    Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A...
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    A reminder to participate in the survey (link...

    A reminder to participate in the survey (link below). This will provide information that will be useful in helping to direct research and outreach efforts.
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    1. Hard to say without knowing your full plans,...

    1. Hard to say without knowing your full plans, but could you just go with a steam hood and steam stack to avoid the cupola altogether? They are much easier to deal with for long-term maintenance.
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    Basically the opposite of what is normally done. ...

    Basically the opposite of what is normally done. Let the sap sit around for a while before processing to promote microbial growth. No need to add anything, microbes are already there. Give them...
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    There is nothing you can do (legally) to lower...

    There is nothing you can do (legally) to lower the invert of a syrup other than mixing with a low invert syrup.
  13. In my experience, this is true of all the USDA...

    In my experience, this is true of all the USDA NASS folks I've worked with over the past couple of decades. They will generally come to maple meetings if asked, and explain what they do and their...
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    A Lovibond is considered a "permanent" check...

    A Lovibond is considered a "permanent" check (assuming you don't leave it in strong sunlight), but is only as good as the eyes (and technique) of the person using it. Under good conditions, it is a...
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    The syrup checkers are nice and we also use them...

    The syrup checkers are nice and we also use them quite regularly, but folks should be aware that they have a +/- 4% accuracy (when used properly) and that syrup will darken when exposed to air (even...
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    Northeast Maple Producer Survey

    The University of Vermont is conducting the Northeast Maple Producer Survey to understand the recent development in the maple sector and to inform how education and research can support maple...
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    Hoping for the best.

    Hoping for the best.
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    My condolences Bruce.

    My condolences Bruce.
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    That pretty much spells it all out right there. ...

    That pretty much spells it all out right there. Great advice.
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    Dr. Abby van den Berg (UVM), Steve Childs...

    Dr. Abby van den Berg (UVM), Steve Childs (Cornell) and I (UVM) have a summary paper on 10 yrs of research on sanitation at UVM and Cornell coming out in the October Maple Digest (NAMSC). It shows...
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    Ingenious!

    Ingenious!
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    That brings back memories from field work during...

    That brings back memories from field work during my Masters and Ph.D. research...not all of them particularly fond memories.

    Tanglefoot sure is sticky stuff. Wear disposable gloves and even...
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    Clearly the best way if possible. I hope...

    Clearly the best way if possible.



    I hope to get to that point some day, both old and wise. Definitely working on the first...the second I'm not so sure about. :)
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    Generally materials for sap/syrup should be...

    Generally materials for sap/syrup should be "water potable" or "food-grade" and suitable for the intended purpose. Gasoline-powered water-potable pumps are available, but pricey. How stringently...
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    Sounds right. Add a lot of air, but keep the...

    Sounds right. Add a lot of air, but keep the liquid in the pan.
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