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    I just put in 2000 new drops on one section of woods. I too am very excited to be using my new electric releaser this year. Tapping starts Jan 21st for me.

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    Looks like we may get some sap on Monday and Tuesday. I plan to turn on the vacuum pump and see what happens.

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    Keep us posted- historically, your sapflow mirrors mine pretty closely. I'm planning to start tapping on Tuesday.
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    So for those who tap early before sap flows because of your size, do you run your vac from the beginning? If not when?
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    We are small time and with a few family members we can tap in a day. Holding off for now. We set up the tanks and releaser today and waked the lines.
    With our 27” of snow, you can really see how the deer and turkeys are struggling. We dropped a few hemlocks to add some food below the browse line...
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    I will be turning the pump on tomorrow and run it till Tuesday night when it freezes again. This will be a good time for me to check for leaks and make sure the woods is tight.

    Spud

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    We still have a little ways to go...the roof is on and evaporator moved into the sugarhouse yesterday. Need to run wiring, oil line, build the RO room, and get the tanks setup. A lot to do and little time to do it in. Hoping for a decent year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodchuck View Post
    We are small time and with a few family members we can tap in a day. Holding off for now. We set up the tanks and releaser today and waked the lines.
    With our 27” of snow, you can really see how the deer and turkeys are struggling. We dropped a few hemlocks to add some food below the browse line...

    This snow is very tough on the deer. They have been nibbling on some of my apple trees even though I sprayed them with deer repellent. First sunny day I have I plan to spray the trees again. Looks like we will be getting four days in the 40s this week. I hope to see some sap later today and tomorrow. Lets hope the snow melts a bunch. This is my first year of tapping without the help of my 4-wheeler. I really need to buy some tracks.

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    Sap is running at 250 GPH at 12:30. Should pick up overnight unless the wind starts blowing. Good luck everyone. Electric releaser is working great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spud View Post
    Sap is running at 250 GPH at 12:30. Should pick up overnight unless the wind starts blowing. Good luck everyone. Electric releaser is working great.

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