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  1. #1
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    North of 47° Lake Medora UP Michigan
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    Default Tapping UP Michigan

    Still too early, hang on. Average date 3/15, North of 47°

  2. #2
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    May 2016
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    Uppper Michigan
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    Tapped early last year. Not doing it this year.
    N 45 51.5406
    w 88 2.607655

    100 taps
    sunrise 2x4 evaporator
    new 12 x 20 sugar shack
    Just a hobby for the family

  3. #3
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    Mar 2016
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    U.P. Michigan 46.43 N
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    We know it's early but it's hard to argue with the forecast weather for the next 10 days. Thinking we will be starting some test taps this weekend.
    46.4311 N
    2012 15 milk jugs 1 gal. syrup
    2013 33 milk jugs and buckets 8 gal. syrup
    2014 39 sap bags 6 gal. syrup
    2015 75 bags 10 gal. syrup
    2016 50 3/16" gravity vacuum 30 bags 20 gal. syrup
    2017 80 3/16" gravity vacuum 20 bags 25 gal. syrup
    2x4 Smoky Lake Flat Pan with Preheater.
    Smoky Lake Bottler

  4. #4
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    Apr 2010
    Location
    Grand Marais, Michigan 46.67N
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    Tapped 3/16/17 - Got 3 good boils before I got tired and quit. Didn't get any of the late dark syrup that we treasure. Will monitor you guys and watch the forecast
    Oil tank evaporator w/fire brick and grate, 8 ft. stack
    2 x 4 ss pan w/warmer
    2011 90 taps
    2012 65 taps
    2013 76 taps w/milk jugs
    2014 41 taps w/milk jugs
    2017 67 taps w/various jugs
    2018 75 taps wjugs
    Polaris Ranger w/tracks

  5. #5
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    U.P. Michigan 46.43 N
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    Decided not to tap yet. Snow is still not pulling away from the Maples here in Munising. Weather looks good for maybe this week.

    Still early with two to three feet of snow in the Sugarbush.
    46.4311 N
    2012 15 milk jugs 1 gal. syrup
    2013 33 milk jugs and buckets 8 gal. syrup
    2014 39 sap bags 6 gal. syrup
    2015 75 bags 10 gal. syrup
    2016 50 3/16" gravity vacuum 30 bags 20 gal. syrup
    2017 80 3/16" gravity vacuum 20 bags 25 gal. syrup
    2x4 Smoky Lake Flat Pan with Preheater.
    Smoky Lake Bottler

  6. #6
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    Apr 2014
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    North of 47° Lake Medora UP Michigan
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    Will tap 3/5, got a couple warm days coming up. Last year up here was poor

  7. #7
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    Mar 2013
    Location
    Foster City, MI
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    Im going to use this sap tracker to record my sugar Bush collections, if you look at the maps it will allow us to see what’s going on in other sugar bushes.
    https://www.saptapapps.com
    Give it a try this year.
    Latitude location: 45° 51' 48.0" N
    2013 - 48 taps and a home made arch / pan = 19 gallons
    2014 - 74 taps and counting, upgrades to Arch
    2015 - 98 taps and counting, NEW custom made Arch, 30hp New Holland tractor
    2016 - 0 taps :-( had to skip this year
    2017 - 100 taps and back in the game
    2018 - 145 taps, NEW Sugar Shack & family and friends to help.
    2019 - 170 taps, 30 gallons of Sticky Bush syrup
    2020 - planning on retailing some Sticky Bush
    2021 - adding gravity pipeline with 60 taps

  8. #8
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    Feb 2017
    Location
    Chassell, MI
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    I'm waiting til March at least this year, tapped early last year and didn't get much to show for it. Waaaaayy too much snow out there, in the trees, on the trees, around the trees... at the very least I can start digging out my sugar shack and getting my stuff ready. Barely above freezing later in the week doesn't convince me yet.

  9. #9
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    Mar 2016
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    U.P. Michigan 46.43 N
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    Temps hit the mid forties here today. Snow is starting to pull away from the trees. Starting tapping some of the Sugars out in the open yesterday. Most holes were wet and dripping. Added some more today now have around 30 on bags most are dripping pretty good. Might start tapping some of the woods trees on 3/16 gravity tomorrow.
    46.4311 N
    2012 15 milk jugs 1 gal. syrup
    2013 33 milk jugs and buckets 8 gal. syrup
    2014 39 sap bags 6 gal. syrup
    2015 75 bags 10 gal. syrup
    2016 50 3/16" gravity vacuum 30 bags 20 gal. syrup
    2017 80 3/16" gravity vacuum 20 bags 25 gal. syrup
    2x4 Smoky Lake Flat Pan with Preheater.
    Smoky Lake Bottler

  10. #10
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    Jan 2017
    Location
    Houghton County, MI
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    I'm way behind schedule this year so I have to hold out a bit before I can tap. I'm hoping AccuWeather is a bit more accurate this year. Hope to get up and running in a couple weeks.
    47 Degrees North
    2016 - 5 jugs - 1 gal - propane
    2017 - 45 jugs - 6 gal
    2018 - 33 jugs and buckets - 5.5 gal
    2019 - 9 buckets and 15 on 3/16 - 9.5 gal - wood

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