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    UVM Across the Fence segment on the Third Ed. of the North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJvv_slelcg
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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    Are the print versions available yet? I know, I know..... but I'm old, and I enjoy the tactile sensations that only a book can provide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyL View Post
    Are the print versions available yet? I know, I know..... but I'm old, and I enjoy the tactile sensations that only a book can provide.
    I was wondering the same thing and I'm not even old. Much.
    Apparently the answer is yes!
    https://mapleresearch.org/pub/manual/
    Click link from there.
    I'll make sure it is on my Christmas list right after "murphy cup"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy VT View Post
    I was wondering the same thing and I'm not even old. Much.
    Apparently the answer is yes!
    https://mapleresearch.org/pub/manual/
    Click link from there.
    I'll make sure it is on my Christmas list right after "murphy cup"
    Thanks! It's ordered!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyL View Post
    Thanks! It's ordered!
    It's here, and it's a chunk! Great times ahead sitting by the evening fire!

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    Thank you for downloading the 3rd Edition of the North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual! Funding to produce the 3rd Edition was provided by a grant from the USDA AMS Acer Access and Development Program. As part of the grant reporting for this effort, we must evaluate the effect this information had on producers and their operations. This survey will help us satisfy this requirement.

    The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and your responses will be completely anonymous. The survey can be accessed by clicking the link below:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...VE9Iw/viewform

    Many thanks again for your time and your investment in maple!

    Best,

    Timothy Perkins and Abby van den Berg, Editors
    North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual, Third Edition
    https://mapleresearch.org/pub/manual/
    Last edited by DrTimPerkins; 12-05-2022 at 09:27 AM.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    https://mapleresearch.org
    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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    I enthusiastically filled out the survey.
    I may be a small producer but my percent growth is a force to be reckoned with with 2 taps in 2021, 9 taps in 2022, and 30 planned for 2023!
    In all seriousness, as a hobbyist I had to wrestle briefly with how I would approach the survey because I could come at it from different angles, none of them really involving hard numbers (can I really say my yield per tap will change by x percentage at this stage?).
    I ended up very honestly answering in the affirmative/positive on every question, and made my best guess at a percent improvement.
    I am a beginning sugarer and while discussion groups are extremely helpful, I intend to drink up the manual to the dregs, knowing the work over hours and decades and extreme care that has gone into it, so I can ask better questions here and at sugarhouse visits. Maybe even have answers sometimes.
    So, absolutely, my yield per tap, number of taps, and cost per tap has and will definitely improve as a result of the manual. (Also my syrup quality, although I don't think that question was asked)
    Not to mention, my crash course in my first year was reading a booklet called "Maple Sugaring at Home" from Tap My Trees, which I now see as a boiled-down-to-the-bare basics version of the producer's manual, so I benefited even then, although that was admittedly prior to the 3rd edition.
    For my enterprise size, I went with my 2022 numbers (5 trees) rather than my planned 2023 size (maybe around 20 trees). Keeps things honest. 2 in the bush.
    Andy

    P.S., also just saw the video "University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center - 75th Anniversary". Really cool. One highlight for me was the idea (starting at 9:39) that we European settlers in North America have arguably just seen one full cycle of the sugar maple so far. No wonder there is so much yet to learn!

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    I also gladly filled out the survey as soon as I received the email from Abbey van den Berg. I am also just a hobbyist but have also benefited from the manual. Thank you for producing the manual and thank you for including hobbyist in the survey.
    2022 - 5 pan block arch - 109 taps, 73 on 3/16 lines, 36 on drops into 5 gallon pails.
    930 gallons boiled, 109 L (28.8 gals) of delicious syrup made.
    DYI RO and DYI Vacuum Filter
    Planned 176 taps, 169 on lines and 7 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

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