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    Default Is anyone tapping in southern Michigan yet ?

    It looks like the weather is changing next Friday

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    We have to be ready so close to the lake. Weather can change in less then a week from what the forecasters predict. I will finish today putting lines back up and then wait with drill in hand.
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    I知 new to this, it値l be my first year in a backyard operation. I知 in Grosse Ile, MI and I致e been watching the forecast like a hawk. To me, it looks like next Friday is going to be the day, but I知 definitely looking to the veterans on here for guidance. I知 only tapping three trees and they are all silver maples, so I don稚 want to wait too long. I feel like picking when to tap is a stressful decision!

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    Default Tapping Trees in Southeastern Michigan

    Tapping approximately 300 sugar maples in Novi, Michigan. Some nice temperature swings (below freezing at night, above freezing during the day) forecasted Friday, February 22nd.

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    I see a thaw at the end of the week . I am going to start taping this week

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    I'm waiting to see the extended forecast on Wednesday for next week. It looks like it might turn really cold again. I might tap anyway for this weekends run. As long as it stays cold the taps should last till the end of the season.

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    Hey all I am in Nashville and everything is still froze up. I do all buckets and bags. Going up to 110 taps this year all on sugars. Really getting itchy to pull the trigger, but I'll be patient and continue watching the forecasts, The last few years we tapped mid February, this year maybe this weekend for sure the first weekend in March.

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    I'm waiting till first part of March here in the thumb. Got one last snowmobile trip planned for next week and got to take advantage of the great snowmobiling snow we have gotten this year. Best snow in past 5-6 years.
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    I will start tapping on thursday. This weekend is looking good. Major upgrade to the shack and tank storage this year so looking forward to testing everything.
    2013 25 taps 2.5 gallons
    2014 60 taps 9.5 gallons
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    2016 2 x 5 Smokey Lake hybrid pan. Custom steam hood and float box. Number of taps yet to be determined.
    2017 Made 27 gallons. Added 60 taps on 3/16 lines.
    2018 Adding more 3/16 lines. Made 55 gallons
    2019 Added 4 totes for sap storage. Big shack upgrades.

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    Savage3006
    I am in Allen Park and same backyard operation I will do 10 taps. Last year was my 1st year, I tapped 6 trees and ended with just less than 1 gallon over 4 weeks. I am planning on tapping March 2, 2019.

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