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Old April 12th, 2018, 07:12 PM
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Well I was going to push thru everything with water the other nite when I was Finnishing up but I ended up pulling everything off and am finishing it of on an induction cooking turkey fryer. Skeeters are biting me like crazy as I speak. Was looking at going to the UP next weekend or the 28th but they are calling for up to 2 ft of snow this weekend. If I went up on the 28th I would have to take an ice auger with me to fish for trout on the beaver ponds I normally fish on. Just crazy the north South difference this year in Mi. Roger did you ever get tapped this year and have you lit a fire yet?
Tapped last week, no fire yet. Have had only 2 days above freezing this week, maybe 50 gallons in the tank. Next week look promising. Got 8" this morning and supposed to get 2ft plus through the weekend. Still have over 3ft of snow. I have spent the last 2 days fixing woodpecker holes in my mainline, average 4 holes every 10ft, usually on each side of a saddle. Lets just say it's open season.
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Do you know what type of woodpeckers are causing the damage? I have a Lot of sapsucker damage in my woods, but its mainly on reds. Porkys not so much.
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Old April 13th, 2018, 08:21 AM
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Ed has skeeters in Sothern Michigan, regor is expecting 2 feet of snow it the U.P, and we're going to be on the Sothern edge of a major ice storm in Mid- Michigan. Now that's some weather extremes all in one state!
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Old April 23rd, 2018, 07:15 AM
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Holy cow! If the long range forecast holds true Mid Michigan wont make any syrup until the second week of March. Wasn't too long ago we had a week of 80 degree weather that ended the season in the first half of March. That's farming for you, every year is different. https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/du...weather/333736
Yet here we are, April 23, and it is still going below freezing at night here out side of Flint. Buds are mostly tight on the hard maples, though at few at the top are starting to expand. I did not tap this year due to travel, but I could have started when I returned April 8 and had at least 3 weeks of flow, maybe more. What a year.
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Yet here we are, April 23, and it is still going below freezing at night here out side of Flint. Buds are mostly tight on the hard maples, though at few at the top are starting to expand. I did not tap this year due to travel, but I could have started when I returned April 8 and had at least 3 weeks of flow, maybe more. What a year.
You sure could have. The big issue would have been the lack of soil moisture. I didn't need to wear rubber boots anymore around the 3rd week of march. I even went to the woods to collect once with my slip on leather shoes, it got pretty dry around here.
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