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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Westfield, NY

    Default Leafs dropping early

    I have heard that there is some sort of blight that is affecting the maple trees in our area causing the leaves to drop early. Anyone hear anything about this?
    backyard hobbyist
    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, 72 taps
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."

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    May 2009
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Center, Underhill Ctr, VT


    That's not a lot of information to go on, but I would suspect you're describing maple anthracnose. This is a fungus that causes premature browning and leaf drop. Very common. Not real problematic. Due mostly to the wet spring we had. Nothing you can really do about it, but also not anything to be greatly worried about.

    Then again, could be something entirely different. Your post is the equivalent of saying "My friend is sick, any idea what it might be?" A description and/or photos would be helpful.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr

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