We regularly get questions from maple producers about which defoamers are the best to use. Of course, the answer is…it depends.
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How to build a vacuum boiler to make high-quality granulated maple sugar.
Maple production requires sugarmakers possess a diverse set of skills in order to tend the forest resource and maintain a productive sap collection system. Maintaining a healthy, diverse sugarbush that maximizes its growth potential requires periodic vegetation management activity. Also known as thinning, vegetation management is the process of reducing competition for light, water and nutrients of crop trees. Felling trees is the key activity in vegetation management and may be done by logging professionals in support of formal forest management plan objectives or by the sugarmaker or landowner on an as needed basis and including response to extreme weather events.
Comprehensive video on how to make the most of your sugaring season, covering tapping, tubing, and efficient boiling.
Maple producers know that when the temperature starts to rise in the spring, sap flows can’t be far behind. But when the weather starts to warm early in the spring and temperatures seem favorable for good sap flows, they are sometimes left wondering why the sap hasn’t started to run. There are several explanations for the disconnect between warm air temperature and a lack of flow during
the early season.
Managing a sugarbush for maple production.
Small reverse osmosis machines can be built from consumer parts and can help small producers cut down on boiling time and energy use. This article offers tips on building such devices.
Managing trees planted for maple production.
Learn how to manage open areas returning to forest cover.
This video demonstrates how to properly tap a maple tree.