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Old April 8th, 2018, 05:23 PM
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Actually I never taped this year. Because I'm still working on my house and having to take care of my mother's trust. Everyone around here taped in January and holes dried up weeks ago.
I've had surveyors out surveying mom's trust, (which I'll be getting about 35 more acres of woods.) Thursday they cut a 2" limb off a scrubby 6" maple trying to get a GPS reading. The sap came out at very steady drip.
No swelling of buds on sugars, in spite of that silvers have bloomed and dropped blooms. I may give thought to only taping part early and then save some for later.
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Old April 12th, 2018, 11:40 AM
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With good sanitation and tubing with vacuum you can have taps that stay open for 10-12 weeks, on buckets, bags or non vacuum gravity tubing 4-6 weeks is about the max but even then, a good gravity tubing with good sanitation gets a little more than the other 2 methods.
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Old April 12th, 2018, 05:38 PM
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With good sanitation and tubing with vacuum you can have taps that stay open for 10-12 weeks, on buckets, bags or non vacuum gravity tubing 4-6 weeks is about the max but even then, a good gravity tubing with good sanitation gets a little more than the other 2 methods.
My bags are on day 54,56, or56 today depending on the woods. Been amazing year with the last two days being the biggest run and filling the bags each day.
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