Invasive exotic plants are becoming more prevalent and can have a negative impact on sugarbushes. Maple producers need to know how to identify and eradicate invasives.
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Knowing how to properly maintain your sugar bush — a maple producer’s most valuable resource — is a critical skill.
A summary of the current state of maple production in New England is based on surveys returned from approximately 210 sugarmakers in April, 2010.
How sap pressure and flow interacts in maple trees during the sugaring season.
Identifying and removing invasive plants when they are few and small is the only way to keep from having a permanent infestation, one that will be a constant annoyance and expense.
How much money should you expect to make selling sap? There are many factors to consider.
Sugarmakers use a lot of plastic. Recycling is a much needed option to avoid disposing of tons of plastic each year.
Root pressure occurs when the soil begins to warm, and when snow has melted, and icy water from snow melt has largely drained from the soil, forest soils warm quickly.
A vacuum pump attached to a well-designed tubing system will significantly boost sap flow compared to gravity sap collection, by increasing the difference in pressure between the tree, the source of the sap, and the tubing, where we want the sap to flow. A vacuum pump, however, will not deliver much, if any, vacuum to the trees if the tubing system is not tight and leak-free. This article gives basic instructions on how to check for those leaks, and how to fix them.
Tapping trees has an impact on the value of those trees’ logs for lumber.