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    Each time I look at the long range I wait for it to be favorable but as of now looks to remain cold in the first week of March not to mention this storm coming and the active pattern after it. It may be a few more weeks fellas!

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    Still looking like a week or two out....I hate to say but that works for me, however don't get me wrong I would take it any day we can get it!

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    I am thinking about taping Friday night after work. Is anybody else going to try to catch this two days 40+ weather here in Rochester?
    Last edited by Greenfin; 02-28-2023 at 02:48 PM. Reason: More information
    2019 2.25 Gallons of Syrup on 6 Taps
    2020 12.5 Gallons of Syrup on 37 trees and 54 Taps
    2021 25 Gallons on 70+ Trees and 100+ taps.
    2022 42 Gallons on 60 Select tress with 120+ taps
    2023 only doing 75 taps this year. Last year was overwhelming.
    Silver, Autumn Blaze, Red, some Sugar
    Smoky Lake Dauntless with Blower and Divided Pan.
    I will be experimenting with cold shock gravity filtering.

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    I'm intrigued, what is cold shock gravity filtering? I'm always trying to improve my filter process and will try almost everything.
    Thanks

    P.S. I've been tapped for two weeks and have frozen sap in my barrels. Looking forward to hopefully making it out to my sugarbush this weekend, if enough snow has melted.

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    Going to put in test taps on Saturday... outlook for the next week or so, is still below freezing for the highs. Could be a fast season at the end of March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpathoulas View Post
    I'm intrigued, what is cold shock gravity filtering?
    Itís a process where I attempt to cool finished syrup quickly in an attempt to get the solids and minerals out Faster than simply letting it sit for a few days. Right now Iím not seeing any difference.
    2019 2.25 Gallons of Syrup on 6 Taps
    2020 12.5 Gallons of Syrup on 37 trees and 54 Taps
    2021 25 Gallons on 70+ Trees and 100+ taps.
    2022 42 Gallons on 60 Select tress with 120+ taps
    2023 only doing 75 taps this year. Last year was overwhelming.
    Silver, Autumn Blaze, Red, some Sugar
    Smoky Lake Dauntless with Blower and Divided Pan.
    I will be experimenting with cold shock gravity filtering.

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    I put in approximately 50 taps last night. The only trees that werenít running really well. Weíre on the north side of houses where the sun canít reach them. I would say here in Rochester I missed a nice little run.

    The forecast here does not look promising for the next two weeks. It looks like itís shaping up to be a 3 1/2 week season.

    For those who have been tapping for a long time here in Minnesota, how late have seasons gone in the past?
    2019 2.25 Gallons of Syrup on 6 Taps
    2020 12.5 Gallons of Syrup on 37 trees and 54 Taps
    2021 25 Gallons on 70+ Trees and 100+ taps.
    2022 42 Gallons on 60 Select tress with 120+ taps
    2023 only doing 75 taps this year. Last year was overwhelming.
    Silver, Autumn Blaze, Red, some Sugar
    Smoky Lake Dauntless with Blower and Divided Pan.
    I will be experimenting with cold shock gravity filtering.

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    I have records for the U of MN Landscape Arboretum maple program going back to 1983. The earliest start to a season for them was 2017 when they started on Feb 20 and ended on Mar 30. The latest start to a season was in 2013 when the season started Mar 29 and ended on Apr 29. Both were excellent yielding years for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeves View Post
    I have records for the U of MN Landscape Arboretum maple program going back to 1983. The earliest start to a season for them was 2017 when they started on Feb 20 and ended on Mar 30. The latest start to a season was in 2013 when the season started Mar 29 and ended on Apr 29. Both were excellent yielding years for them.
    Great info - thanks.

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    I collected 70 gallons of sap last night from 75 trees. 20% of the trees still have nothing.
    2019 2.25 Gallons of Syrup on 6 Taps
    2020 12.5 Gallons of Syrup on 37 trees and 54 Taps
    2021 25 Gallons on 70+ Trees and 100+ taps.
    2022 42 Gallons on 60 Select tress with 120+ taps
    2023 only doing 75 taps this year. Last year was overwhelming.
    Silver, Autumn Blaze, Red, some Sugar
    Smoky Lake Dauntless with Blower and Divided Pan.
    I will be experimenting with cold shock gravity filtering.

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