Research studies must follow certain rules in order for the findings to be valid. This column discusses a few of these simple rules: comparison of treatment vs. control, replication, dealing with natural variation, and statistical validity.
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Analysis of the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture’s report on the maple industry.
Boiling syrup is energy intensive, but there are ways for sugarmakers to calcuate and improve their energy use.
A summary of a presentation on energy efficiency in maple production.
Tree growth rate can be an important indicator of how well the tree will heal from tapholes.
Knowing how to detect and avoid metabolic off-flavors is critical to producing high-quality syrup.
An investigation into the impact of tap hole depth on tree health.
Tapping guidelines written by state regulators haven’t always kept pace with changes in industry practices or understanding of the science of sap flow, and researchers are working to update tapping guidelines.
When choosing an evaporator, it’s important to find the right size, fuel type, and tools to maximize efficiency.
Using new or clean taps and droplines has a significant impact on sap production.,