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    Default Who is still hoping for sap?

    Hi just wondering if trees were budding yet in anyone’s bush as I am hoping that the season is not over.

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    Right now, my phone says it is 26 degrees here. That is as cold as it will likely get in any of the forecasts I have seen. We'll see if that's enough to get them going again after the last few days. In a few hours we will know if it was cold enough.
    RC Maple

    14X14 sugarhouse - new for 2012
    RO Bucket - RB10 - New for 2019
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    It's over here in southern Ohio. I quit Tuesday. I have already scrubbed down the evaporator, scrubbed tanks and packed away all the gear from the sugar shack. Yesterday I pulled taps and flushed the 3/16 lines with calcium hypochloride and capped them off. I made just short of my syrup goal, but almost half of it came from early taps. Feb. sucked big time.
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    4rjn it is still mid season in northern Ohio. Maybe southern Ohio is done, but we have a ways to go!
    1000 taps on vac down to 100+ buckets 99% sugars
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    Leader Micro 1 RO for 2024
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    2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal 2020:30 gal 2021:30 gal 2023:50 gal Total since 2010: 2047.5 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    If it runs here today, it should freeze again Sunday night and again later in the week. There may be just enough freezing nights scattered around to keep the season going. I tapped February 21. We had a good 2 1/2 weeks but want to see this go a while longer.
    RC Maple

    14X14 sugarhouse - new for 2012
    RO Bucket - RB10 - New for 2019
    2x3 barrel evaporator with continuous flow pan
    55 taps - most on buckets
    This is next year!

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    Its still running in southeastern Ohio for me! I bet Monday will be my last day! I have made 17gallons off of 51 taps so far! Thats 4 gallons less from last year. I didnt get to tap early because i was still building the new sugar house. It wasnt that bad of a year.

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    Thanks Guys, its not looking good here in Geauga County. we only got about 2" in buckets the last 2 days and the trees look like they are about to bud. We have only made 14 gallons so far this year as the trees have never really run like they have in the past.

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    I did get to gather sap on Saturday. There was about a half gallon run, so just a short boil on Sunday to get caught up. They were dripping yesterday when I checked the buckets but with the wind blowing, I thought I'd leave some weight in the buckets until today and then see how much we get. I doubt we can go much longer.
    RC Maple

    14X14 sugarhouse - new for 2012
    RO Bucket - RB10 - New for 2019
    2x3 barrel evaporator with continuous flow pan
    55 taps - most on buckets
    This is next year!

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