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So You Want to Upgrade Your Maple Syrup?

A new grading system standardizes how all maple producing jurisdictions label their syrup.

Starting small

How sugarmaples regenerate themselves to produce successive crops.

Sugarbush roots

The root systems of our trees are rather mysterious, and somewhat fragile. It pays to take precautions to protect the part of the tree that is not visible, just as we protect the rest of the tree that we can see.

Sugaring in the Fall

Sap can be collected and syrup produced in the fall, but sugar content is low and the practice raises additional challenges for the spring crop.

Sugarmakers as teachers

One way that maple producers can gain useful information is by attending the education programs put on by Extension in conjuction with county and state maple organizations, where speakers include not just university and government specialists, but also sugarmakers who share their knowledge and experience.

Sweet maples

While it is possible to identify sweet trees through sap testing, the reasons why certain trees are sweet may be mostly genetic, and finding those genes may be no easy matter.

Tapping red maple

Sugarmakers should consider tapping red maples to supplement sap production from sugar maples.

Tapping Red Maples

While sugar maples are the gold standard for sap production, red maples are also an important source of sap for maple products.

The aesthetics of sap collecting

A guide to keeping up appearances in your sugaring operation.

The maples of North America

A description of all the maple species native to North America.