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03/17/19
First Sap
Filed under: General
Posted by: @ 8:41 pm

At the end of today we had about 100 gallons of sap in the Harmon Woods collection tank. When we tap the trees and it’s above 32 you will alway get a little bit of sap.  The snow is still about 18 inches deep but due to the cold weather (20 degree low and mid thirties high) the surface is strong enough to hold your weight if you are wearing snowshoes.  Dave tapped 125 Friday,   Greg S., Brent, Quinn, Dave, Liz and Kari tapped about 2000 on saturday and Dave, Brent and Quinn tapped about 1600 Sunday. Looks like one more day and we’ll have the 4300 taps done at Harmons. The weather is to warm up by midweek so we will be ready to go.  The vacuum wagon and sump pump are all working so all we need now is sap.  Jim still needs to clear the road to the Homewoods tank. It’s quite slippery and the snow is deep.  We won’t tap the 1000 taps there until the road is cleared to the collection wagon.  

Tapping weather is perfect.  Not too warm and cold enough overnite to put a crust on the snow.  The tappers are all wearing snowshoes and are able to stay completely on top without breaking through.   This makes it easy to tap and with the hi speed Makita drills and sharp bits you can keep moving quickly.  

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