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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

Maple Syrup Season: Quality Excellent

A tenacious winter is slowing the progress of Vermont's maple sugar season. But sugar makers say while the quantities have been small so far, the quality has been excellent. They're looking forward to forecasts this week with temperatures below freezing at night and above 40 during the day—ideal sap producing conditions. One St. Lawrence county maple sugar producer says, despite a late spring, the syrup season is going just fine. John Scarlett is a blacksmith in Rossie who also makes maple syrup each spring. He told Todd Moe the maple season can vary greatly within the same region.  Go to full article

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