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  1. #11
    Join Date
    May 2009
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Center, Underhill Ctr, VT


    Quote Originally Posted by Swingpure View Post
    Surprise the weather forecast changed for Michigan and despite the mild spell there are a lot fewer flow days as compared to a few days ago.
    Not surprising. https://mapleresearch.org/pub/mn1116weather-2/
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Parry Sound Area, Ontario


    When I worked for the Railroad, one of my many hats i wore, was I managed the Weather Provider Contracts. Many of the websites that forecast weather had computer generated weather forecasts. We contracted a US Weather Company called WeatherData and they had meteorologists that gave us personalized forecasts. They were far superior to the computer generated forecasts and we made a number of business decisions based on them. I felt they were excellent.

    In 2006 they were purchased by Accuweather. They still provided the same service at least until I retired in 2010. I wish I still had a connection with them. I would highly trust them to predict when to tap.
    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 178 taps, 172 on lines and 6 on drops to pails, for 2023 with a 2x4 divided pan and base stack, 8” pipe, on a block arch.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2022
    Kent County Michigan


    I'm on the west side of the state tapping near Grand Rapids. It's been an interesting winter to say the least. We had a decent growing season and good healthy canopies, so I am hopeful if we can generate some good freeze thaw cycles in February we will still sneak out a decent season. I've spent many years growing up in the sugar bush, but this one is unique to my lifetime. The most recent long term forecast I read shows we will still tap around the typical middle to latter half of February. How are you all feeling?

    Hopefully many of us are holding hope and we have a great season!

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Hartford, MI


    I will be ready to go in 2 weeks. Some forecast models saying cool thru March. I think we are going to have to be ready to tap at any time from now on.
    5th generation
    2 1/2 Buckets
    815 gravity
    2 new flat pans. Back pan now has 16 V's
    Rebuilt the block arch 3x12
    Homemade pre-heater,steamhood
    MES Dolly RO

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    I will continue to monitor the 2 long term forecast on the weather channels and at this point plan accordingly. My hope is to tap the weekend of February 11th. Just have to wait and see.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal. syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Berrien Center, MI


    Just saw the monthly temperature outlook for February on weather.com. They are predicting a slightly cooler February. Will that happen? We shall see.
    Daniel & Eleanor Bliese
    Heritage Woods, LLC
    SW Michigan

    Smoky Lake 2x4 flat, divided pan on Corsair arch
    The RO Bucket RB25
    100 taps on buckets

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