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    Default sapping 2010

    Just wondering how everyone in wi did this year for syrup. we packed up our equipment on sunday and called it a year. we didnt do so hot this year, we went from 55 gallons of syrup last year down to 9 gallons of syrup this year. oh well always next year. how did you guys do?

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    Talked to 2 retailers that I run with and 1 did 190 gallons down from about 325 in 09 and the other is at 350 from 600+ last year. I lent my vac pump and releaser to the one guy for his gravity woods and he said it saved him.

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    I did great this year. I tapped Haynes bush since he wasn't useing it and made oddles of syrup. More then I did last year. What you doing next year Haynes.
    maybe 50 taps for 2011
    Finally ready to boil when I get enough sap
    I just might be crazy.( make that I know I am)
    Trees all tapped except the ones with 5 feet of snow.
    Enough rabbits to keep Elmer busy..

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    Default Looking to buy syrup

    We were down 28% from last year.

    Does anyone have filtered bulk syrup to sell? Contact me with a personal message.


    Tim

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    Last year I had 10 taps in the yard and made 3.25 gallons of syrup. This year I had 50 taps and made 7.5 gallons of syrup. I was expecting a total of about 10 gallons based on a 0.2 gallon per tap average, but ended up at 0.15 gallons per tap. Part of the problem was that my red maples just never really ran this year.
    Homemade 2X4 w/Flat Pan
    50 taps....but always looking to expand
    Mostly box elders with a scattering of red, silver, & sugar maples
    Allis Chalmers C & Homemade Sap Sled

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    By far it was a bummer,lots of work lots of ceaning for 51 gallons of syrup.Mostly med to med-dark.Next year I am going to go with a real vaccum and maybe a few more on the line.What the heck it's better than a sharp stick in the eye.LOL
    800 buckets
    350 on vaccum
    2x6 small bros with aof-auf
    1 bizzlian small pieces of firewood
    tractor,gator, skid loader with tracks
    2 helpfull boys
    understanding wife
    molly-tired chocolate lab buddy
    14x20 cook shack
    Ro and more tanks
    A ton of other stuff

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    This was my first year and I had 14 taps all on Sugar Maples. Made 2.5 gallons of syrup. Only had taps in for three weeks but I thought it went ok for my first year. My wife thinks I'm nuts!

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    I made about 61 gallons out of about 300 trees I was hoping for 75-80 gallons so I dont think I did too bad compared to most people around here who are at half of normal Ive got enough to fill my orders and make my payments so Im for the most part happy
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    Wives figure we are nuts no matter what we do so don't worry. As long as you never wrecked all her pots and pans and such your okay.
    Last edited by KenWP; 04-09-2010 at 05:49 AM.
    maybe 50 taps for 2011
    Finally ready to boil when I get enough sap
    I just might be crazy.( make that I know I am)
    Trees all tapped except the ones with 5 feet of snow.
    Enough rabbits to keep Elmer busy..

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    Default Good year here

    Naturally going from 18 taps to 110 made for a big increase in syrup so it seemed like a great year for us. Had about 4 gallons of syrup last year and almost 30 this year. Sugar levels are really great from the 2 bushes I worked in this year. Now I want to see a "normal" year, if there is such a thing, and see what we get.
    First year 2009
    18 taps on 12 trees
    boiled in 3 gal. pot on electric stove in garage
    2010
    111 taps on 93 trees
    boiling in 200 gal. stainless tank, wood fire
    3 sided sugar shack

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