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Maples under pressure

How sap pressure and flow interacts in maple trees during the sugaring season.

More invasive plants of the sugarbush

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.

Pricing sap

How much money should you expect to make selling sap? There are many factors to consider.

Recycling maple plastic

Sugarmakers use a lot of plastic. Recycling is a much needed option to avoid disposing of tons of plastic each year.

Root pressure in trees: a spring phenomenon

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.

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.