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  1. #1
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    Mar 2018
    Upstate ny

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    Interested in some good books on sugar Bush management/sustainable forestry. We have about 65 acres of wooded land with 65-75% maple. We had all the ash over 20" in diameter logged out early in 2015 and as I start have to cut standing timber I would like to prune it as I look to tap it all over the next 15-20 years. I've spent some time watching videos from Cornell but I prefer a good book.
    2012 - 12 taps into gallon jugs / 1 gallon syrup
    2013 - 12 taps into gallon jugs / 1 gallon of burnt syrup 🤔
    2014 - 20 taps on buckets / 2.5 gallons of syrup
    2015 - 20 taps on buckets / 3 gallons of syrup
    2016 - 30 taps on buckets / 3.5 gallons of syrup
    2017 - 45 taps on buckets / 6.5 gallons of syrup
    2018 - 70 taps on buckets / discovered mapletrader.com / 40 taps on 3/16 into 300 gallon poly tank / Fuel tank evaporator build / no sleep whatsoever / 22 gallons and counting...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Granville, PA


    North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual has a chapter devoted to "managing maple trees for syrup production" that seems to be based on sound information.
    Minehart Gap Maple

  3. #3
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    Feb 2015
    Westford, Vermont


    Yup I think that manual is good. I think Steve Child put something out from Cornell? My friend had it and I read it one time. here's the link https://www.amazon.com/Sugarmakers-C.../dp/1603583971

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    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    The link is for Michael Ferral's Book, who when he wrote it was the director at Cornell's research forest near Lake Placid. He has now moved to a new phase of his life in maple, but not with Cornell. I believe he does still do work for Cornell however.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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