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  1. #71
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin351 View Post
    Anyone north of Hwy 8 feel like the season hasn't even really started? Sounds like central WI has already peaked. My woods are still pretty frozen and although I do get some days with some drips, I wouldn't say I have seen a hard run yet... I have been messing with 3/16" this year so that has been a learning experience but my bags aren't doing anything great either. Been tapped since first of March.
    I am just south of 64 and things are just starting to get rolling for me so no you are not alone. I had a nice run a couple weeks back, but then it froze hard again and is just starting to thaw again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin351 View Post
    Anyone north of Hwy 8 feel like the season hasn't even really started? Sounds like central WI has already peaked. My woods are still pretty frozen and although I do get some days with some drips, I wouldn't say I have seen a hard run yet... I have been messing with 3/16" this year so that has been a learning experience but my bags aren't doing anything great either. Been tapped since first of March.
    Austin, I have had the same experience so far as you. My sap sacks are taking a few days to fill 1/2 way, but my 3/16ths are doing better. I LOVE THAT STUFF! If only I could do all of my trees that way. I have 50 sacks and 50 on 3/16. With the weather taking until mid to late afternoon to get above freezing, it's frustrating. The weather forecasts are off quite a bit, and the cloudy skies sure don't help either.
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    I,m way up north by lake superior , My sap sacks suck between no real run and squirrels/turkeys & ice suck but my3/16 has been awesome considering the weather. I have put 2 shurflos on some of my 3/16 and it really has made a difference. Just yesterday I got 135gals off 85 taps on my shurflo and the 5 bag in the yard had almost nothing I,m a believer as this is my first year using tubing & I,m adding more tubing on my other shurflo any comments form others

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    Things have really picked up the pace in Ashland County; we collected 62 gallons on 45 taps yesterday and the trees were dripping hard! Working today, so can't wait until tomorrow to see what I find.

    Joe
    New to tapping in 2015! 24 taps on bags - 3 1/2 gallons of syrup
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin351 View Post
    Anyone north of Hwy 8 feel like the season hasn't even really started? Sounds like central WI has already peaked. My woods are still pretty frozen and although I do get some days with some drips, I wouldn't say I have seen a hard run yet... I have been messing with 3/16" this year so that has been a learning experience but my bags aren't doing anything great either. Been tapped since first of March.
    YEP! I'm about 30 miles north of 8 been tapped in for some time and almost nothing here. Jay
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    Finally filled my tote yesterday. Neighbor pumped it for me last night about 8pm. Today by 2 pm there was another 80+ gallons from my 80 taps. Once again the southernmost string was running steady the next one in was so-so and the 3rd was pretty lazy. Things are just starting to roll, but sugar content is quite low this year. Started at 2.0 and already dropping the way it seems.
    Last edited by Diesel Pro; Yesterday at 08:24 PM.
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    We are near the UP, and things seem to be just starting by us. We had 32 taps out for the past two weeks, and collected only about 35 gallons total in that whole time. We refreshed the tap holes on a few of the trees to see if that was an issue, and it made no difference. It seems that we are just too close to the Arctic Circle. Maybe this week will get things going.

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