April 6, 2014

Maple sugaring season is underway


The bottom line — more and more, producers are tapping earlier than their ancestors did.

The sun is quite a bit warmer this time of year than it is in late February or early March. Anyone who produces an agricultural crop knows the weather is beyond their control. But, because snow cover generates radiational cooling at night, this past weekend’s additional heavy snowfall could prove advantageous should daytime temperatures range a bit warmer than producers would like to see.

A gradual warm-up is best for production and, with luck, nights will remain frosty and days warm for at least a few more weeks, perfect weather for making syrup.

Richard L. Gast, Extension program educator II, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Energy; agriculture programs assistant, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, 355 West Main St., Suite 150, Malone, 12953. Call 483-7403, fax 483-6214, email

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