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  1. #1
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    Default Winter, WI

    So what to do? Long range forecast shows a few good days coming. Too early? Thinking of tapping tomorrow. Or I can wait. With the collective insight of everyone in my area we should come up with the correct answer.
    2012 8 Taps 3 pts syrup.
    2013 38 Taps 10 gals. syrup made with turkey cooker
    2014 57 Taps 10 gals. syrup. Homemade fuel oil tank evaporator
    2015 51 Taps, 10 gals. syrup.
    2016 50 Taps, 9 gals. Syrup
    2017 54 Taps, 13 gals. syrup
    2018 75 Taps, 21 gals. syrup
    2019 67 Taps, 21 gals.

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    I'm doing half and half. Tapped half today and the other half in a week weather pending. Tapping today every hole I drilled leaked...
    Maple Man 85
    Anthony & Rebecca Renken
    2017=200 taps
    2018=4000 taps (goal) 3000 taps (actual)
    2019=7000 taps (goal)
    30x45 Sugar House
    4x16 Leader Vortex
    www.northwoodsmaplefarm.com

  3. #3
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    I tapped 125 on Sunday, going to put out that many today (Monday) maybe a few more. Oddest year I've done so far. I've been following everyone on here and I think it's a crap shoot. To this year we always tap around the 10th of March. Talked to one person that's on here a lot and he said " he would sure hate to be wrong and miss things by waiting".
    400 pails
    CDL RO machine
    2x8 stainless Dallaire evaporator, wood fired
    Filter press
    Polaris 6x6 & 4x4
    Allis Chalmers WD
    Allis Chalmers G
    Built new 24' x 40' shack in 2006
    http://www.blsugarbush.com

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    I'm tapping now but only because they're on vacuum with new taps. I wouldn't even think about buckets for a couple weeks.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

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    I'm heading out to tap NOW! Didn't make it yesterday....just got off my weekend 12's, asked for an extra day off next week, don't know if that'll happen. Will take me all week to tap. Looked at an old diary from the year 2000 and it was basically over by the 23rd of March and the frogs were heard on the 23rd that year. The ba@%&*!s changed the forecast again. This whole last 3 weeks has been trending warmer than what they have originally forecasted.
    Mark

    Where we made syrup long before the trendies made it popular, now its just another commodity.

    John Deere 4000, 830, and 420 crawler
    1400 taps, 600 gph CDL RO, 4x12 wood-fired Leader, forced air and preheater. 400 gallon Sap-O-Matic vacuum gathering tank, PTO powered. 2500 gallon X truck tank, 17 bulk tanks.
    No cage tanks allowed on this farm!

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    We took our chances and tapped 250 on bags on Feb 17th. Made 3 gallons of finished syrup Feb 20th. Our bags right now are about 1/2 full so it has been running a little bit. We are tapping another 250 on bags this week. It maybe be early but I would hate to miss anything. We are also fortunate enough to have more trees then time so if we have to move and re tap cause the first 250 dry up, we can do that.

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    I'm going to tap. Today and tomorrow look good then again this weekend. If you can put any stock in the long range forecast next week looks cold but the next week is too warm. I hope I land in the middle of this season. I'll give the long range forecast about a 60 % reliability. Good Luck everyone!
    2012 8 Taps 3 pts syrup.
    2013 38 Taps 10 gals. syrup made with turkey cooker
    2014 57 Taps 10 gals. syrup. Homemade fuel oil tank evaporator
    2015 51 Taps, 10 gals. syrup.
    2016 50 Taps, 9 gals. Syrup
    2017 54 Taps, 13 gals. syrup
    2018 75 Taps, 21 gals. syrup
    2019 67 Taps, 21 gals.

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    Any sap run Monday in the winter area, or today for that matter?
    Last edited by sticky face; 04-10-2018 at 08:30 PM.

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    nothing to speak of on the bags, not much more on the vacuum.... tomorrow through Friday should be very good. (then shut down for the weekend and start up again Tuesday of the week)....

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    Same for just north of Tony on buckets. Not much flow for over a week now.
    301 buckets

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