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    Quote Originally Posted by Keitha333 View Post
    Wondering if people are going to leave taps in the lower 2/3 of the state with the prolonged warm-up coming? I almost feel like I have to in hopes the forecast is wrong since the sap output has been so minimal here.
    Tuesday-Friday's forecast show two high 60's and two 70's highs and mid-40s lows south of Mille Lacs. I'm not seeing it.

    I'm planning on Tuesday being the last day of the season. I tapped another 20 trees today to catch the last few days. Most had sap running

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    Quote Originally Posted by dew042 View Post
    Tuesday-Friday's forecast show two high 60's and two 70's highs and mid-40s lows south of Mille Lacs. I'm not seeing it.

    I'm planning on Tuesday being the last day of the season. I tapped another 20 trees today to catch the last few days. Most had sap running
    That's what I see too from Tuesday through the 22 of April low's in the upper 30's low 40's. I am in Milaca. As recommended in the previous post to the one above I think I will leave them in since there is nothing to lose at least until later next week and then see if anything long range changes. Might have to anyways if the temps stay high as I am sure the Rum will flood where I have the trees tapped and won't be able to get at them!

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    After planning to be done for the year, I decided to stick it out for one last sap run. I collected about 130 gallons of sap today and dumped another 50 gallons on the ground that was stained or cloudy. I ran it through the RO today and will start the fire tomorrow morning, collect again in the afternoon and pull all the taps, as sap is going through the RO and cooking. If all goes well I'll make 8-10 gallons of syrup which will push the total over 30 gallons for the year.

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    Here is South Haven, it has not been good, 50 taps, 60 gallons so far, it seems not worth firing up the evaporator; but I will tomorrow. . . .. Oh well. Better luck next year!
    2016 - 17 Taps, some elm's no clue. . .. .
    2017 - 34 Taps, All Maples
    2018 - 45 Taps, 7.4 gallons

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    I went and pulled my buckets Tuesday that were in low spots by the river and then the rest yesterday as it was coming up quick! I left my taps in the trees and maybe it will go down in time to possibly get a little this weekend during the cool down. What is going to be most interesting to me is if I do how the sap will be. All of the Silvers I tap had the flowers protruding out of the bud. Not the leaves yet. Never had the taps in at this point in the tree season so I'm curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keitha333 View Post
    I went and pulled my buckets Tuesday that were in low spots by the river and then the rest yesterday as it was coming up quick! I left my taps in the trees and maybe it will go down in time to possibly get a little this weekend during the cool down. What is going to be most interesting to me is if I do how the sap will be. All of the Silvers I tap had the flowers protruding out of the bud. Not the leaves yet. Never had the taps in at this point in the tree season so I'm curious.
    I see 28f low on Sunday. Is that enough to produce a run?

    I pulled my buckets on Tuesday. Ended up with 6 gallons Saturday-Tuesday. Not a disaster, so I am pleased overall. Prefer a 6 week season next year though. By the EOD Tuesday a small stream was going across my flood plain on the Rum River, and there was plenty of snow left. High flood year likely.

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    NW Corner of Mille Lacs - Total 160 g on 84 taps - cooking tomorrow. We will see if it runs again ....

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    Replaced my buckets on trees not underwater. I think there is another run in them with a 23F low tomorrow night. Hard to believe. I already matched last year's total, so this is all gravy.

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    I pulled mine yesterday and washed everything since the river was still high where I tap and would have needed bags. Some of the tap were in waste deep water or better. Call it a year with 4.75 gallons a little under half of normal. Best of luck to those still going!! I wish i were you!

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    Pretty heavy flow the last two days. Weekend is shaping up to potentially have some more. Finally some decent weather, and thank heavens for slow, grumpy black maples still groggy from winter's grasp. Low on sugar side of typical for me, but I'll take it!

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