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  1. #11
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    I've decided to hold off 'til the first weekend in March. The temps look good in this upcoming week, but I am going to hold off a week. Talked with my farmers this weekend, the general consensus is I should have been tapping weeks ago since when I show up spring comes fast! Now it's the busy scurry of getting everything set up and sanitized.

    SDdave
    It's not the size of the tree...it's what inside that counts!

  2. #12
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    Just walked around the patch and about half the taps are just starting up. I have a couple that are going a fairly nicely.
    2021 2nd season- 71 taps, wood burner and a 2X2 evaporating pan
    2020 1st season- 8 gallons of syrup. Propane

  3. #13
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    Here in Rochester I will be tapping 100ish suburban trees. I will be waiting till the next week or so to tap as my early taps last year were out performed by my late taps.

    But to be honest its really hard to wait thinking I could be missing out. However I remember a story from my youth about a rabbit and a turtle and the turtle always won.
    2019 2.25 Gallons of Syrup on 6 Taps
    2020 12.5 Gallons of Syrup on 37 trees and 54 Taps
    2021 Hoping for 20 to 25 Gallons on 70+ Trees and 100+ taps.
    Silver, Autumn Blaze, Red, some Sugar
    Smoky Lake Dauntless Divided Pan.
    I will be experimenting with cold shock gravity filtering.

  4. #14
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    For those who have taps out have you had any luck?

  5. #15
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    Hayfield, Minnesota
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    Default Tapping trees

    I tapped a silver maple in my front yard as an indicator tree on Monday evening. It just started running late yesterday afternoon. Putting in all 200 taps tomorrow. This is a good article explaining the pros and cons of when to tap.

    https://northernwoodlands.org/articl...ir-maple-trees

  6. #16
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    I've been tapping my black walnut trees for a couple of years and after looking closely at the upcoming daytime/nighttime temps decided to put in my taps today. I was a bit late last year so didn't want that to happen again, especially since black walnuts yield less sap than maples. I tap 15 trees using buckets and stainless steel spiles and all of the taps began dripping right away. It looks like it will be a little cool here for the weekend but then warming up again. Fingers crossed for a good season!
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