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    Default I hear the peepers--it's over!

    Oh no...........I heard the peepers last night. More tonight. It must be over, at least here in central Ohio. Something about Nature--there is a clock and everything is timed. I only hear the peepers during my last boil of the season. It's in the 60's here every day this week, and even 70 forecast for Friday. I'm leaving my taps in just in case we get a decent freeze next week and the trees haven't budded. What a sorry season. Good luck to those of you up north.
    Central Ohio
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    Old metal corn crib converted to "The Shack"
    2015: 100 taps, buckets, 34 gallons syrup
    2014: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2013: 100 taps, buckets, 52 gallons syrup
    2012: 100 taps, buckets, 37 gallons syrup
    2011: 93 taps, buckets, 47 gallons syrup

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    Thanks for the warning!
    Nice stats on the 100 buckets! Good trees you have there!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    640 ish roadside taps
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    Yes peepers are a bad sign for sugaring. An old saying I grew up with was "the peepers have to freeze 3 times before spring"
    2014 - 15 taps and still on the turkey fryer.
    2013- 10 taps and a turkey fryer.
    Backyard hobby now. Grew up in Upstate NY around sugaring.

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    Peeper's loud and strong here with tree's around the house starting to show a green tint to them.

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    It was 60 degrees here in the farthest reaches of New York yesterday...on the same day as our first boil, and two full weeks before last year.

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    I should have listened to the peepers. Peepers don't lie. That was truly the end of our season here in SW Ohio, but I kept at it and wasted time and energy. Had to throw out sweet, then collected a small run and sweetened the pan again--only to dump that out without drawing any syrup. Taps had gone dry before the next favorable weather occurred.

    Bust of a season: .15 gallons per tap. Worst year ever.
    Central Ohio
    Leader WSE 2x6
    Old metal corn crib converted to "The Shack"
    2015: 100 taps, buckets, 34 gallons syrup
    2014: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2013: 100 taps, buckets, 52 gallons syrup
    2012: 100 taps, buckets, 37 gallons syrup
    2011: 93 taps, buckets, 47 gallons syrup

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    Why did you throw out "sweet" sap? It doesn't go bad after you boil it.
    Fred Ahrens
    330-206-1606
    Ohio CDL sales rep
    1500 taps

    dont take life too serious, nobody gets out alive anyways

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    looks like we are done in NW ohio also. was hoping for a good week but only 2 taps started running again after the warmup two weeks ago. even went out Sat to tap 10 more trees to only get 5 to 10 gallon of sap a day. Started pulling taps last night. very bad year indeed in OH.
    2016: 1st year, 25 taps on buckets, copper kettle over a fire=4.5 gallon syrup
    2017: fuel oil tank evaporator two 18"x28" flat pans, 50 taps on drop lines/Buckets, Small scale RO=11 gallon syrup and counting
    6x4 gator sap collector and kid hauler

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