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    Default 2021 Sugar Season

    Is anyone getting ready to tap soon. We had a couple days in the middle of January when the trees were probably flowing but we weren't prepared for them. Probably going to tap the trees the first week of February.

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    What part of Iowa? We are NE.

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    Might be two weeks for me to start. We have like 24” of snow and 10-20 below zero at night the next few days.

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    Way below zero with windchill so I'm waiting. Maybe by towards the end of the month. In the mean time, Ginger or Maryann?

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    We're in East Central Iowa. This polar vortex has really put the sugar season on hold for the last 2 weeks. But with the Temps improving we are going to have all our trees tapped on Saturday 2/20/21 and hope that mother nature starts playing nice.
    Last edited by HauntedHills; 02-20-2021 at 11:42 PM.

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    We tapped trees today. Located between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. About 100 taps total some small trees (10-24 inches in diameter) in the sun were already dripping.
    Last edited by HauntedHills; 02-22-2021 at 06:15 PM.

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    Today we collected 40 gallons of sap and are doing our first boil tomorrow.
    2015-2017: 20 or less taps, produced 5 or less gallons of Syrup on 3 steam pans.
    2018-2019: +/- 20 taps, produced +/- 5 gallons Syrup on 3 steam pans with homemade RO.
    2020: 30 taps, produced 13 gallons of Syrup on 3 steam pans with homemade RO.
    2021: 101 taps total running on 3/16 gravity lines and 45 buckets/bags. Boiling with a Smoky Lake Dauntless Drop Flue Evaporator and Homemade RO.

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    Tapped 30 trees today and most were running good. A lot of snow on the ground 2 plus feet in places. Had to drag a sled with all my gear to tap.

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    All 100 taps are in now, mostly silvers. Nothing running yet. Ted

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