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Old December 20th, 2011, 11:25 PM
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Ok all you wisconsin guys, I am sitting here watching the 7 day forcast on NBC and getting scared. Tomorrow is the winter solstice and the highs are forecast to be 40 for the next week. That puts us almost into the new year with no snow and maybe 3" of frost in the ground. I went to feed my deer today and the 55 gallon barrel I keep the corn in was tipped over and it was all gone, the trail cam showed a 200lbs bear there 3 days ago. Is it just me or is this the warmest start to a winter ever? I will be the first to forecast a well below average sap season. Any other thoughts or am I the only one?
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Old December 20th, 2011, 11:30 PM
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Well Im not in Wisconsin but I can tell you the same thing is going on in NY. I am real curious how the fall tappers are doing? It seems like banner weather for that. Normally we have so much snow at my place before the temps dip the ground never freezes either. However my fear at this point is with the warm lake temps. We are going to get pounded soon and for some time. Late short spring Im predicting. Part of the reason Im busting butt to get as many taps online for this coming season.
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Man your spooking the horses knock it off. If I don't make it up there this year then you can worry
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Chuck, if you don't make it up here this year your trees won't know the difference. Your just going to give me some instruction on how to run the oil rig. Oh, and have dawn deliver the RO too.
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One way or anouther Im getting there. I first have to get the tractor out today to plow the 12" of snow. OK Cheese head how to start oil rig. CALL oil company and have $800.00 of #2 put in the tank. fill evap and hit the switch
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Is it just me or is this the warmest start to a winter ever? I will be the first to forecast a well below average sap season. Any other thoughts or am I the only one?
I predict that winter will eventually get here. The trees aren't bothered by this weather. 95% of what dictates a good season is the weather we get during the season and how much moisture is in the soil. Far too early to worry...just enjoy it while we've got it.
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Excellent! Thanks for the reassurance Dr. Perkins. I have to admit I was concerned about the lack of shoveling and scraping windshields but if it's cool for maple production... I'll take it with a big smile.
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Ok, it actually feels like winter in the tree stand today, 11 degrees and a dusting of snow.
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Ok, it actually feels like winter in the tree stand today, 11 degrees and a dusting of snow.
That's the good thing about weather....wait a little while and it'll change.

Merry Christmas everyone. Best wishes for a wonferfully sweet and sap-filled New Year.
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I have been spending Christmas week in south-east Wisconsin every year for the past 15 years and one thing I look forward to is ice fishing with some friends and family. The past two years I've not been able to go due to lack of ice, not just too thin, literally no ice. I don't think this year looks any better either.
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