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Old February 18th, 2013, 09:32 AM
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Default Ontario, Time to go?

Looks like in my area there's going to be temps above or at 0c for 5-6 days starting this weekend..

Time to go or hold?
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Old February 18th, 2013, 09:36 AM
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I'm still watching for three days at 3~5 degrees to overcome some of the deep frost in the trees. Expecting to tap March 1 but always flexible on that and I should be ready by next weekend.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 02:19 PM
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What you guys use for forecast , I find the weather network and accuweather with such different forecasts.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 03:33 PM
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I'm ready to go so I only need 1day to get ready for tapping. Since I've been looking at the long range forecasts they are usually way off, so I think the old meterologist is only correct 4-5 days in advance, so this gives me plenty of lead time.
Here in SW Ontario, I don't see anything until around Feb. 26th. I still check the long range forecast because it's all part of the fun and games.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 05:21 PM
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I'm using The Weather Network, and weatheroffice.gc.ca.

Why so early:
My thinking is if I didn't tap a touch early like last year, I'd have had no season..
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Old February 19th, 2013, 01:18 PM
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We're gonna start tapping this coming weekend. All our taps are CV's or new tubing with seasonal spouts so this isn't "early" - it's GO TIME! The forecast doesn't call for syrup making weather quite yet but we need to get taps in, pumps running, lines checked for leaks etc... which all takes time. If we don't make a drop until March 10th I'll be happy!

Depending on the micro-climate at your woods one forecast may be better than the other. For us, The Weather Network tends to over-estimate the temperature (says it will be higher) while Environment Canada is closer to what we see. Because we're on the eastern shore of a lake the predominant west wind comes across the ice and tends to cool our woods more than is forecast.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 02:22 PM
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Default ...almost time to go

I am still on buckets and will tap on the 2nd and 3rd. TWN is close but as I am up on a bit of a hill top the far end of the bush tends to be cooler by 1 or 2 degrees. Spiles and buckets are washed, wood is high and dry, evap. is assembled and I am ready.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 07:26 PM
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I'm right in there with you Don. Still need to get my stack up but otherwise ready. We haven't met but I certainly recognize the name from local advertising. Will stop by one day to say hello after maple season.

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Old February 24th, 2013, 10:01 AM
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Despite the calendar I am tapping today. First time ever in February for me. Expecting a run Mon~Wed then cooler temps for another week. After that we should be into full swing. With colder temps in the pre-season tapping early doesn't hurt a producer nearly as much as tapping late. I'm on open taps & gravity so I do need to get close to the right time but a week in advance won't hurt me any over the course of a season. Good luck everyone!

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Old February 24th, 2013, 11:48 AM
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...at the camp yesterday with temps +2. The big boys are well underway tapping but I am holding out to the 2nd. With 500 buckets it is two day process but my dewalt still beats my old brace and bit.
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