I looked back at our records from last year and found that before March 25 we only did 16% of our total crop and only 41% in March. I would not be surprised after looking at the extended forecast, if it holds, that we are about the same when March ends this year.
It looks like we may get a few drips here and there the next 10 days but nothing to get excited about. Some in the warmest areas and probably down south are probably getting some syrup though probably no huge runs yet. Currently, it is showing some real sugaring weather beyond 10 days, but it can change pretty dramatically between then and now. One thing is for sure, it will warm up and when it does, we will make syrup.
On another note, I have seen two small sugar makers recently collecting sap in to trash cans with trash bags in them. I am also fairly certain that they sell their syrup to the public. This is just one example of many I have seen where syrup is being made with non food grade and/or dirty rusted etc. etc. equipment. As sugar makers it is our responsibility and best interest to remember that we are making food. I think this is sometimes forgotten. Would you drink milk out of a trash can??? Then why syrup??? Imagine if someone were to get sick from that syrup what it could do to the industry if it was national news that maple syrup is made in trash cans. Imagine how much regulation there would be then.