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    Yesterday was too cold for sap flow here, it got to 33 F but the trees didn't thaw. It was our first Maple Weekend day of 4 this year. Because the temperature was cold we ran the evaporator at medium cruising speed so we would not run out of sap. Traffic was slow too because of the temperature is my guess, we only had 14 cars all day, but they were buying product.
    Today the sap will start by 10:00 and the temperature will get up to 49 F according to the forecast. We will thus be running full speed ahead, run the RO, the vacuum pumps. We still have about 700 gal of sap from Friday and before that is gone we will get plenty more to work with.
    This might in that respect be the best Maple Weekend I ever had. Most I either need to nurse what little sap I have or sometimes just feed the pans with permeate. With the forecast more than 15 degrees F higher today, traffic should be much better too.
    I hope everyone else is getting good sap flow too.
    The forecast for this week looks like lots of sap too, but by the weekend it could get too warm for too long. That could end it all, time will tell.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    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
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    Looking at the forecast for here, it shows no freeze starting Thursday until Sunday night into Monday morning with day time temps those days at or near 60. Then a Monday morning freeze, and a Tuesday morning possible freeze, Thursday morning maybe freeze and Friday (April 5), freeze. After that if the trees still don't bud it could go all the way to April 18-19 or 20. I've never gone past April 14 getting sap in the past.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    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
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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