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Maple season just getting started

State agriculture commissioner Patrick Hooker says New York's maple season is off to a good start, with perfect weather for sap to run. The state has about 1500 maple producers. Sugaring businesses in Lewis County produce the most maple syrup in the state. Jane Yancey's family owns Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan. They tap about 5,000 trees. She told Todd Moe that the season is just getting started.  Go to full article

Tapping into real maple syrup

In much of New York, and most of New England, maple syrup season just IS - it's pretty hard to miss the seasonal ceremonies of tapping and boiling. Vermont is the country's leading producer of maple syrup. Maine traditionally holds second place, and New York third. We all produce between a quarter and half a million gallons. Well, other states produce syrup, too - our friends at the Environment Report are based in Michigan - in the top 10, with 78,000 gallons last year. Lester Graham decided to go out into the Michigan countryside to see how it's done - then conducted a little taste test to see whether his Midwestern colleagues appreciate the real thing:  Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.

March maple madness begins

March and April are prime time for maple syrup. It's sugar shack season in the North Country. Todd Moe talks with Vermont syrup producer Jacques Couture, president of the Vermont Maple Foundation; and New York State Maple Queen Courtney Donnelly of St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)

Researcher Finds New Mite Species in Adks

A researcher from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has discovered a brand new species living in the Adirondacks. Heather Root, who grew up in Essex, Vermont, found at least one new type of tiny tree mite in the maple tree canopy at the Huntington Wildlife Forest near Newcomb. Root presented her discovery last month at the Ninth Annual Northeast Natural History Conference in Albany. Root did her research while dangling in a harness high above the ground. She told Brian Mann that she also found rare forms of lichen, not seen in the Adirondacks for decades.  Go to full article

Maple Season Underway

The maple syrup season is underway across much of the North Country. Over the weekend, hundreds of visitors and neighbors stopped by Yancey's Sugarbush, near Croghan, in Lewis County, to watch the maple syrup production process. Yancey's farm is a fifth generation dairy operation that includes a 165-acre sugar bush. Haskell Yancey told Todd Moe some of his trees were stressed last summer by an infestation of tent caterpillars.  Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.

Croghan Crazy about Maple Syrup

It's a busy week for New York's maple syrup producers. In 2005, they made more than 222,000 gallons of syrup according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. Sugaring businesses in Lewis County produce the most maple syrup in the state. On Saturday, Todd Moe visited the American Maple Museum in Croghan, and a fifth generation maple producer.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Maple Season Early this Year

The syrup season is arriving early this year. Some small maple producers in Vermont are already tapping trees 6 weeks ahead of schedule. But 70 year old Earl Parker, of West Chazy, says its still a little too soon.  Go to full article

A Squishy Success: One Sugarbush Owner Hopes the End is in Sight

John Scarlett hopes to make maple syrup next year. It'll be a victory if he does. John hasn't tapped his maple trees for two years. He's been taking it easy on his tress, after two years of defoliation by forest tent caterpillars. Scarlett is a blacksmith in Rossie. When he first noticed the infestation two years ago, he was told by the Cornell Cooperative Extension that he might lose 15% of his trees over the next 3 to 5 years. But Scarlett's lost only a few trees so far. And he says the problem seems to be fading. Reporter Greg Warner talked to him yesterday about his strategies.
A warning to listeners - the reception on this phone line was poor. You will hear static in the background. John started by telling about the day he discovered the caterpillar problem.  Go to full article
Maple syrup producer Charlie Rutley with his new evaporator at his sugar shack near Potsdam.
Maple syrup producer Charlie Rutley with his new evaporator at his sugar shack near Potsdam.

Preview: Maple Weekend

Maple syrup producers across the North Country are hoping temperatures might rise enough today or Saturday for the sap to start or continue running. The season is nearly two weeks late in some parts of New York and Vermont. The late season isn't unusual but some producers fear it could decrease the number of sugaring days. Ideal weather for sugaring is temperatures in the 40s during the day and the 20s at night. This weekend, producers will open their sugar houses to the public whether they have sap to boil or not. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Maple Anticipation: Waiting for the Sap to Run

Martha Foley talks with David the day after he and Lisa tapped their backyard trees to find out if the sap is flowing.  Go to full article

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