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Wisconsin's maple syrup harvest is showing no signs of being tapped out.

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, the state's 2019 maple syrup production was 270,000 gallons, up 45,000 gallons from 2018. The number of taps increased by 50,000 in 2019 to 800,000.

Yield was 0.338 gallons per tap, above the 0.300 gallons per tap in 2018.

In 2018, the average price Wisconsin maple syrup producers received was $32.40 per gallon, up $1 from 2017.

This year, the state's maple syrup season began on March 1, 11 days later than last year. The season ended on April 30, compared with May 2 last year. This year's season averaged 24 days, 12 days shorter than last year.

As any producer knows, the sap and syrup season and harvest is very weather-dependent. The 2019 season, considered excellent by most producers, mimics the production numbers in 2013. Gallons produced fell to a low of 50,000 in 2012, considered a very subpar year by those in the woods.

Nationwide, 2019 maple syrup production totaled 4.24 million gallons, up 1 percent from the revised previous year. The number of taps totaled 13.3 million, down 4 percent from the 2018 total. Yield per tap was 0.318 gallon, up 0.015 gallon from the previous season.

The earliest sap flow reported was Jan. 5 in New York. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was March 1 in Wisconsin.

On average, the season lasted 30 days, compared with 42 days in 2018.

The 2018 national average price per gallon was $33.80, up $0.70 from 2017. Value of production, at $142 million for 2018, was down 2 percent from the previous season.

For 2019, Vermont continued its traditional top role as syrup producer, with 2.07 million gallons. New York was next at 820,000 gallons and Maine third, 580,000 gallons.

Wisconsin ranked fourth followed by Michigan, 195,000 gallons; Pennsylvania, 157,000; and New Hampshire, 148,000 gallons.

Beginning in 2019 maple syrup estimates were discontinued for Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio and West Virginia. All were modest producers.

In terms of the value of the crop, numbers show that Wisconsin ranked fifth at $7.29 million in 2018. Vermont producers brought in a whopping $53.3 million, followed by New York, $26.1 million; Maine, $21.6 million; and New Hampshire, $9.1 million.

Retail prices in Wisconsin for 2018 included gallon, $44,20; quart, $17.70; pint, $8.50.

The highest retail prices were found in Connecticut, at $62,90 per gallon; quart, $21.40; and pint, $13.40. A half-pint in that state costs an average of $8.60.
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Collecting maple sap at the Solin sugar bush north of Antigo. It produces a variety of maple products, including syrups infused with whiskey, ginger and other flavors, under the Tapped brand.

Gains posted in maple prices, quality
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Wisconsin's maple syrup harvest is showing no signs of being tapped out.

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, the state's 2019 maple syrup production was 270,000 gallons, up 45,000 gallons from 2018. The number of taps increased by 50,000 in 2019 to 800,000.

Yield was 0.338 gallons per tap, above the 0.300 gallons per tap in 2018.

In 2018, the average price Wisconsin maple syrup producers received was $32.40 per gallon, up $1 from 2017.

This year, the state's maple syrup season began on March 1, 11 days later than last year. The season ended on April 30, compared with May 2 last year. This year's season averaged 24 days, 12 days shorter than last year.

As any producer knows, the sap and syrup season and harvest is very weather-dependent. The 2019 season, considered excellent by most producers, mimics the production numbers in 2013. Gallons produced fell to a low of 50,000 in 2012, considered a very subpar year by those in the woods.

Nationwide, 2019 maple syrup production totaled 4.24 million gallons, up 1 percent from the revised previous year. The number of taps totaled 13.3 million, down 4 percent from the 2018 total. Yield per tap was 0.318 gallon, up 0.015 gallon from the previous season.

The earliest sap flow reported was Jan. 5 in New York. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was March 1 in Wisconsin.

On average, the season lasted 30 days, compared with 42 days in 2018.

The 2018 national average price per gallon was $33.80, up $0.70 from 2017. Value of production, at $142 million for 2018, was down 2 percent from the previous season.

For 2019, Vermont continued its traditional top role as syrup producer, with 2.07 million gallons. New York was next at 820,000 gallons and Maine third, 580,000 gallons.

Wisconsin ranked fourth followed by Michigan, 195,000 gallons; Pennsylvania, 157,000; and New Hampshire, 148,000 gallons.

Beginning in 2019 maple syrup estimates were discontinued for Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio and West Virginia. All were modest producers.

In terms of the value of the crop, numbers show that Wisconsin ranked fifth at $7.29 million in 2018. Vermont producers brought in a whopping $53.3 million, followed by New York, $26.1 million; Maine, $21.6 million; and New Hampshire, $9.1 million.

Retail prices in Wisconsin for 2018 included gallon, $44,20; quart, $17.70; pint, $8.50.

The highest retail prices were found in Connecticut, at $62,90 per gallon; quart, $21.40; and pint, $13.40. A half-pint in that state costs an average of $8.60.
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Collecting maple sap at the Solin sugar bush north of Antigo. It produces a variety of maple products, including syrups infused with whiskey, ginger and other flavors, under the Tapped brand.
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