Maple and Birch Tapping Results to Help Determine Optimal Timing

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted a research update with data to help maple and birch syrup producers respond to variable climate conditions. The project has established baseline data for continuing efforts to determine the optimal time to begin tapping birch trees in conjunction with maple production. The trials conducted in January through May of 2018 included the tapping of paper and yellow birch trees immediately after finishing the tapping of maple trees, during mid-maple season, and post-maple production season. Research results are available online.