Tapping next week-St Patricks Day

Well we finally have warm weather in the forecast.   Temperatures will be sub zero this Friday night in the St. Croix Valley so the cold is giving us one last shot.  Then the warmup begins this Sunday.

The trees will not instantly thaw out and respond to the warm temps  because of frost,  snow cover and its been such a cold winter. We will probably wait to tap until mid or late week.  Red and Silver maples  may start earlier in the week. Put out a couple of test taps and see what happens.  The sugar shack will be all ready to go by Sunday though, as the smoke and steam stacks are going up Sunday afternoon.  Happy tapping!!

When to tap-2022

It is March 2 and the forecast is set for the next two weeks.  I do not see any hurry for the bag and bucket crews get out and tap. Granted,  silver maples tend to run earlier than the sugar maple,  but the forecast all next week for the St. Croix Valley is below 32 during the day and low teens to single digit low temps at night.  I am waiting until at least March 15 to begin tapping. Historically the best sap runs in the last 20 years have been during the last week of March and the first week of April.

Hopefully we will continue to have a slow warm up with a late March early April snow storm which will result in a normal to above normal sap season.

It time to get ready now though, clean your pans, check your evaporator, get your firewood ready..  The season is on the door step.

Don

Tapping

Early tapping this year seems unlikely given the subzero weather forecasted for the last week of February.  Frost is down 4 -5 ft in some places according to reports i have received.

This cold weather has made it difficult to even get sugar shacks set up and ready to go.   Hopefully there will be a couple of 30 degree days in the first week of March to get out and set up evaporators, RO’s, sap tanks, and feed lines.

I do carry a full inventory of, refractory supplies for your evaporator, filters, membranes, wash solutions, for your Reverse Osmosis units, and currently have an ample supply of

Quart, Pint, 12oz, and 8oz glass available.

 

Don