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    Default USDA NASS crop report

    The 2014 maple crop report is available at http://www.usda.gov/nass/PUBS/TODAYRPT/crop0614.pdf
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    An interesting read as always. Definitely a later season this year, but I'm still surprised by the VT closing date. May 23rd? I realize this is a representation of all producers in the state, but who was still sugaring on May 23rd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralStark View Post
    I realize this is a representation of all producers in the state, but who was still sugaring on May 23rd?
    Good question.

    I also wonder about the additional 70k taps in Vermont this year. I think it is likely to have been considerably higher than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    Good question.

    I also wonder about the additional 70k taps in Vermont this year. I think it is likely to have been considerably higher than that.
    Considerably and way higher nationwide. Seems like production cost per pound will loom larger in the coming years.
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    Way higher than 70 thousand. There was 15,000 just from 1 guy in rutland county. 8000 from another guy just south of me as well. I bet the total of new taps in Vt. this past season was closer to 150,000 or even higher.
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    Will these numbers be used by the USDA for deciding Maple Tap Act monies in the Farm Bill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 220 maple View Post
    Will these numbers be used by the USDA for deciding Maple Tap Act monies in the Farm Bill?

    Mark 220 Maple
    There has been no money appropriated for the maple tap act!

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    I was told by our states Dept. of Ag, that money is released weekly. Always different parts of the Farm Bill. They felt sure that Money allocated to the Maple Tap Act will be announced soon. I was told that at a Assoc. meeting on May 3rd. Apparently nothing has happened. Maybe none will never be released?

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    I had no idea that all the work we did this season, tapping, gathering, cutting wood, boiling, filtering, bottling and then clean up and we made 5-6 gallons of syrup. 3 weekends of admiring nature and the syrup is only worth somewhere about $35.00 a gallon.
    35 x 6 = 210.00. Good thing it's just a hobby and not paying [a bill. I don't know how you all do it and make a living.
    Nancy and Mike
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    24 taps, (1) 2'x3' pan, Sugar shack in Development stage.

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