This year we will have 3000 taps with brand new tubing and another 7500 taps with new drop lines. We are hoping this should pay off this year with good production numbers. If we get the weather, we are hoping to land around .55 - .6 gallons per tap. We have done better than that in the past, and have averaged on our home woods about .5 gallons per tap if not just a little higher over the last 6 seasons. But, as we all know it really depends on what mother nature gives us for temps this spring. Not having to truck any sap this year will definitely free us up to spend more time in the woods so that should help our numbers as well.
Looking at the extended forecast now, it is showing a warm up in about 10 days. I am hoping this holds true but I know that it usually changes drastically between now and then. The Climate Prediction Center is showing an equal chance of either above or below average temps for Feb, March, and April. I am hoping that means a normal spring. The past few years have predicted above average temps through this timeframe and we certainly have had some warm weather during the past few sugaring seasons. We will know soon enough.