The North American Maple Project, begun in 1988 with the goal of evaluating and monitoring trees from Nova Scotia to Minnesota, was initiated to answer many questions, which could be summed up as: what is the current health of sugar maple in these various regions, and is it getting better, worse, or staying the same?
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In attempting to establish criteria for organic certification of maple operations, there are still some wide disagreements among certifying agencies over how to regulate behavior that is unique to maple.
A summary of the current state of maple production in New England is based on surveys returned from approximately 220 sugarmakers in April, 2011.
Low utilization of available resources limits the U.S.’s maple syrup production.
The level of invert sugar in maple syrup affects how well it crystalizes when making value added products such as maple candy and cream.
Tapping trees creates a wound that the trees are usually able to heal. But what is the impact of tapping on trees?
Thoughts and data on how setting taps on different aspects of a tree can impact sap yield.
Thoughts on the value of implementing the new maple grading system.
Many researchers, in addition to many sugarmakers, have observed that there is a great range in the amount of sap produced from individual trees in a forest. Understanding, and perhaps predicting the different performances of the trees in a sugarbush is an aspect of maple physiology that remains fascinating.