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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:37 AM
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Tapped a few on Sunday 2/12 and they were dripping. Tapped another 100 Monday. Crazy weather caught us off guard for 2nd season in a row. Friday going to finish the balance of 350.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 04:54 PM
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I'm not jumping the gun. I'm not far from you guys, Isle,Mn. I was in the woods today and tapped 2 maples just to see. They were wet but not running. If I miss it, I miss it but I think looking at the forecast things will be back to a more normal schedule in 4 to 5 days. I think the earliest I have ever tapped is March 15th. Good luck, I hope you do well.
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Old February 18th, 2017, 10:35 PM
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I just got back from our 2nd boil of the year. Down in the cities it ran pretty good, but now is likely to be all screwed up for a while. Had to go with the weather and forecast even though it was so early. At least we are 4 gallons of tasty light syrup ahead!
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Old February 19th, 2017, 04:30 PM
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I put out 67 taps Friday-Saturday. I collected 35 gallons Saturday nite. So far today there might be 20 gallons. Some are dripping good some not at all. Looks like a few bad days but the middle of next week looks good again!!!
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Old March 11th, 2017, 12:33 PM
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We started boiling 2/18? Is that nuts or what? With the weather dropping down to -10 this past few days everything shut back down. Have just under 7 gallons bottled. Super nice very light! Expect Thursday for run to restart and hopefully will be a good one. If this seasons last for 3 months my wife is not going to be happy... Me on the other hand, being retired, I Love being at the camp!

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Old March 14th, 2017, 07:04 PM
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Your right, starting Thursday does look good for at least 14 days. That is if the weatherman is right. I'm planning on heading up on Friday morning for 10 days straight. I'm caught up on my work here in the cities. Hopefully no emergency calls come in and force me back to work. I finished tapping sunday so all total I've got 480 on vac. I'm looking for a record year for us. Time will tell.
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Good luck Tom!
We look to be starting up here again Thursday. Just bottled 31 gallons from the early runs, all Amber and all good tasting. I wasn't all that sure of the early tapping but took a chance and it worked out. All the changes we did this year have worked out well too! It we stop running down here maybe Dave and I will come visit in Isle.

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We would love to have you and Dave stop by.
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