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Research station Director Michael Farrell checks out a state-of-the-art boiler. His faithful helper, Tug, looks on. Photo: Chris Morris, coutesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Research station Director Michael Farrell checks out a state-of-the-art boiler. His faithful helper, Tug, looks on. Photo: Chris Morris, coutesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

An early season at NC maple station

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The Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station in Lake Placid made its first batch of syrup last Thursday. Director Michael Farrell, who's been with the field station for seven years, says it was the earliest he's made syrup.

Crews started tapping trees at the 200-acre Uihlein Forest on January 31. That took about three weeks. Then, workers had to inspect the 60 miles of tubing that carries the sap from the trees to the sugar house.

Chris Morris joined Farrell for a tour last week. Farrell told him that mild temperatures have given area producers a jump start on the season.

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Tri-Lakes Correspondent

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