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    .5 gpt tonight testing 2.5, frost coming out fast now in our sandy soil, at about 65% crop now

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    It barely froze up and stopped around 6am, but started back up again an 90 min later. Should be a decent day today. Vacuum dropped a little in one section of the bush. That'll be corrected by this afternoon.

    About 7,500+ gal of sap came in yesterday afternoon and overnight (~1.5 gal/tap) at 2.5-2.6 Brix. RO has been running since 6am. We'll collect and concentrate all day (into the refrigerated bulk tank...on top of the 380 gal of 35 Brix concentrate already there), then start concentrating again starting tomorrow morning and boil what is in the bulk tank. Should be another 550 gal syrup production day. Assuming that is the case, we'll be at about 42-44% of our minimum crop (0.5 gal/tap) by the end of the day tomorrow.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    Best 24 hours here since last year, 1.4 gallons of sap per tap in the buckets. Still testing at just over 2%, which is a welcomed, pleasant surprise in my little woods.

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    Yesterday I got 1.25 gpt and I had a little freeze earlier this morning. Sap ran all day today at 325 GPH. Still running tonight at 200 GPH and should run all night. My vacuum dropped an inch today but now it's back up. Sap still testing 2.1%. So far it's been a great season. I hope to go to the 20th of April like most years. Time will tell.

    Spud

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    Walked all the woods getting vacuum up. Still not running more than .5 gal/tap but the snow is still tight around my trees from the last storm. Rain should help that tonight. Sap is holding at 2.5-2.6%. Happy sapping.
    2016- 50 buckets. Made 4 gallons
    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum. Made 30 gallons.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 1713 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets. Made 500 gallons.

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    .66gpt today still testing a strong 2.5, sinking in 6-8inches on the woods road, should be at 75% crop after i boil tomorrow. .25gpt is full crop for me cleaning syrup pan after every boil now.

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    Sap ran all night and I have 3000 gallons in the tank. It is slowing down a lot but should run all the way to midnight tonight before freezing up. I am at 33% of my season goal. Sap still testing 2.1% . Tomorrow could turn out to be real good after the freeze.

    Spud

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    i got a 1.5 gpt yesterday. bout 2.5%. still trickling in this a.m. Hopefully it picks back up a bit today. finally got a good run without any nitre! i'd been battling really bad nitre the first 3-4 boils this year!
    Awfully thankful for an understanding wife!

    “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
    - Vincent “Vince” Lombardi

    Good luck to all!

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    Sap is running 165 GPH. Testing at 2.2%. Should freeze tonight and then run good tomorrow. I'm at 33% of my goal as of right now.

    Spud

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    927 gallons off yesterday run. .56 gallons per tap. Holding strong at 2.5%
    2016- 50 buckets. Made 4 gallons
    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum. Made 30 gallons.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 1713 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets. Made 500 gallons.

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