Maple taps at the ready

Sherry Martell
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Producers waiting on weather

Maple producers are all tapped in waiting for perfect weather conditions to start the spring sap run in the sugar bush.

Charlie MacKinlay, owner of Kirmac Maple Products, said a small amount of sap has been flowing at his Earltown sugar bush but cold winds are hampering a rush of the clear, sweet liquid.

A tiny bit has been running to flush the lines, said MacKinlay.

So far, he has only collected about half of the 1,500 gallons of sap needed before the evaporation progress can begin.

Maple taps at the ready

Maple producers are all tapped in waiting for perfect weather conditions to start the spring sap run in the sugar bush.

Charlie MacKinlay, owner of Kirmac Maple Products, said a small amount of sap has been flowing at his Earltown sugar bush but cold winds are hampering a rush of the clear, sweet liquid.

A tiny bit has been running to flush the lines, said MacKinlay.

So far, he has only collected about half of the 1,500 gallons of sap needed before the evaporation progress can begin.

MacKinlay said the long-range weather forecast looks good for the season to start midweek.

Its a pretty delicate balance between what works or not, said MacKinlay.

Kevin MacCormick, a Springhill maple producer, said he is interested to see what impact the extreme mild weather of early winter will have on sugar bushes and isnt anticipating a very good season.

It definitely looks like it has advanced the trees forward in their cycle further than we would like them to be this time of year, said MacCormick.

Some of the Red maples are showing signs of swelled buds and the Sugar maples are not far behind them, they remind me of late season when I look at them.

Brian Alloway, president of the Maple Producers Association of Nova Scotia, said most producers finished tapping trees last week.

It has been at least three years since producers have had a good production season.

Spring weather has either been too cold or, when temperatures became mild they stayed mild without fluctuating from cold nights with temperatures below zero and warm, sunny days above 5 C.

The winter so far has been good, a long, steady cold snap, said Alloway.

But now it all depends on the weather in the next three or four weeks.



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Organizations: Kirmac Maple Products, Maple Producers Association of Nova Scotia

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