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Old February 15th, 2012, 08:15 AM
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I'm in Norhteast WI and looking at the forecast I fell like i need to get tapping. It doesn't sound like anybody around me has started so I'm waiting. I also have to leave town for a couple of days next week and would like to start a week from this coming monday. When do you think you are going to tap? I can see farther north they have a couple of weeks to go but down here we must be close. I could go this weekend if needed but it kinda complicates things in my marriage when I leave town during sap season.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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I have always taped on or around the 15th of March. The two times that I didnt make it back to tap was because the season was all out of wack. Tapping early to catch those 2 GOOD days starts the clock on the bacteria growth and will bite you if the season gets on track. Its always hit or miss and CLEAR AS MUD. Wisconsin seasons are always short 2-3 weeks so there is a small window of good production. Im sure that really helped
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Old February 15th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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Hafs,

I hear you, it's hard to resist, but I'm watching my test trees (trees I snipped a couple of small branches off this winter) and I'm only seeing sporadic runs of sap so far. Today and tomorrow seem to be right on the money weather-wise, but I think I'm going to wait until I see sap running consistently. I'll be sure to post when I see that happening.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 10:21 AM
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Just got my copy of Maple News and there is a small artical about tapping in Wisconsin. Its a nice puff peice that didnt give any indication on when people would tap.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 02:06 PM
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I have always taped on or around the 15th of March. The two times that I didnt make it back to tap was because the season was all out of wack. Tapping early to catch those 2 GOOD days starts the clock on the bacteria growth and will bite you if the season gets on track. Its always hit or miss and CLEAR AS MUD. Wisconsin seasons are always short 2-3 weeks so there is a small window of good production. Im sure that really helped
Haynes:
Interesting you say that. I checked my log and the sap run begins in earnest around the 15th around my area as well. I like to tap around March 5th to 10th. This year the 5th most likely as warm as it is and all the time off I have.
I would have thought it would be earlier over there by the lake.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 03:10 PM
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Going out to hang 75 or so buckets this afternoon......can't wait anymore, will keep you guys posted
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Old February 15th, 2012, 05:59 PM
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Every year you guys do this to me. This is called "spooking the herd". Now stop it.
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Not getting nervous at all, the maple trees we are thinning as we are logging are not getting wet at all. This is in Lincoln county. Even though it gets in the mid 30's the sun angle isn't like it would be in mid March and April. I didn't check my test tap in over a week because we are logging in a different area but today i will go check it, but i bet the bag is flappin in the breeze. Last year we started tapping on the 11th, hopefully we can at least hold out the start of tapping till the 1st week in March.
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WBAY channel 2, just did a report about Blazers Acres in Suamico, they tapped in today and some buckets looked really full. Just what I like to hear on the news..........a bad syrup season will raise prices this year!
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