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  1. #61
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    russ i think mother nature is the one to ask ..... but if i was to point the finger at a area of time i would say march something ??? but they are predicting a cold and snow.... but who knows really its new england !!!!
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    just took a walk in the woods, starting to make my plans !

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    anyone tap in western mass yet ?? if so what are your results so far ??
    2x6 leader WSE with AUF, hood,preheater
    waterguy RO
    leader 16 gal custom water jacketed canner
    10 in short stack wes fab filter press
    540 taps on tubing with vac & always adding
    2- benders running 25" hg from GAST vac pumps
    few stainless bulk tanks
    1978 chevy 1 ton 4x4 dually
    IH T340 dozer with 6-way blade

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    Default Am I missing a run by not tapping 2/1/16?

    What a weird winter. Seems like I should probably tap, given this week's forecast. What does anyone else think?

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    West maples. Us boys in Hampden wilbraham area are tapped in. Maple mass already made 25 gals. I need another run today to start drawing

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    When ever I've tapped too early I've been sorry. A deep freeze screws every thing up, I used to worry about missing a good run, it seems when the run gets interrupted the second flow is darker . With a one man, part time, small lot I like to intensify my season results. I love going back though the past forums, and see us all trying to predict the season. I remember when Maple Trader crashed and the records were lost, Thank You Maple Trader for working hard and preventing this from happening again. Good luck to all in the coming season !

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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTMAPLES View Post
    anyone tap in western mass yet ?? if so what are your results so far ??
    Up up in the hill towns......not seeing too much out my way. We are just putting our new tubing lines up now

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    ok good to hear some have made a few gals of syrup for there early efforts, im probly looking at the end of this week or so to get tapped in. it looked so tempting last week but with freezing temps setting in, i thought id hold on a little bit longer before going all in
    2x6 leader WSE with AUF, hood,preheater
    waterguy RO
    leader 16 gal custom water jacketed canner
    10 in short stack wes fab filter press
    540 taps on tubing with vac & always adding
    2- benders running 25" hg from GAST vac pumps
    few stainless bulk tanks
    1978 chevy 1 ton 4x4 dually
    IH T340 dozer with 6-way blade

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    Looks like we are going from frigid cold to the 40's next week.....this is the earliest I've ever tapped the trees but then again only been at it for a few years

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    Thankfully this cold passed. -22 at my home Sat night. Started tapping today, and will continue throughout the week into the weekend

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