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    I've lived in the same location for 16 years. I have never seen the amount of sugar maple seeds that have fallen than this year. Anyone else seeing the same thing?

    41.457 x -72.907 148 elevation
    2x4 wood fired evaporator with the "Hercules Blower"
    hybrid pan and backflip preheater by Smoky Lake
    103 taps. 44 on gravity
    All sugar Maples
    7" filter press
    10 x 12 sugar shack
    two very helpful kids
    a wife that thinks I'm nuts

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    I've noticed high seed rates for maple species (sugar, silver, red, box elder) as well as hickory, walnut, red bud, black locust, and kousa and flowering dogwood. I have not noticed large crops from oak, elm, or beech. nor from ash, but i sorta put them in a category of their own due to other issues.

    It's hard to say more than ever, because our minds are clued in to process the recent and forget the past.

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    absolutely inundated with maple saplings....maybe I can sell them....people will buy anything...lol

    41.457 x -72.907 148 elevation
    2x4 wood fired evaporator with the "Hercules Blower"
    hybrid pan and backflip preheater by Smoky Lake
    103 taps. 44 on gravity
    All sugar Maples
    7" filter press
    10 x 12 sugar shack
    two very helpful kids
    a wife that thinks I'm nuts

    https://youtu.be/7MiY8qzBKk8
    https://www.wunderground.com/persona...d?ID=KCTCHESH7

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    How was your sap sugar content this year in relation to previous years?
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
    http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc
    https://mapleresearch.org
    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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    I was close to average. 1.9-2.5% Feb 10th to March 11th in southern CT.

    41.457 x -72.907 148 elevation
    2x4 wood fired evaporator with the "Hercules Blower"
    hybrid pan and backflip preheater by Smoky Lake
    103 taps. 44 on gravity
    All sugar Maples
    7" filter press
    10 x 12 sugar shack
    two very helpful kids
    a wife that thinks I'm nuts

    https://youtu.be/7MiY8qzBKk8
    https://www.wunderground.com/persona...d?ID=KCTCHESH7

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    is there a correlation from the amount of seeds which dropped?

    41.457 x -72.907 148 elevation
    2x4 wood fired evaporator with the "Hercules Blower"
    hybrid pan and backflip preheater by Smoky Lake
    103 taps. 44 on gravity
    All sugar Maples
    7" filter press
    10 x 12 sugar shack
    two very helpful kids
    a wife that thinks I'm nuts

    https://youtu.be/7MiY8qzBKk8
    https://www.wunderground.com/persona...d?ID=KCTCHESH7

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    A connection has been suggested and one analysis (a rather dubious one) found a negative association, but I don’t put much stock in that piece of work. The researchers estimated sap sugar content from syrup production. A better analysis is on my list for this year.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
    http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc
    https://mapleresearch.org
    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    A connection has been suggested and one analysis (a rather dubious one) found a negative association, but I don’t put much stock in that piece of work. The researchers estimated sap sugar content from syrup production. A better analysis is on my list for this year.
    Thanks for reviving this thread. I think it's good to return with result when we speculate on cause/effect. I had a slightly heavier than normal seed year and my sap averaged 2.0% until the final week when it dropped to 1.7%. That's typical for me. Curiously, some trees produced a lot of seeds and others not so much. It wasn't a wide-spread year of seeds. FWIW.
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