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Early Spring To Blame For Short Sugaring Season

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2021 was one of the shortest seasons for tapping maple syrup in over a decade, thanks to early spring weather.

Vermont’s maple syrup production fell by 21% in 2021 when compared with 2020. That’s according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sap flowed in the Green Mountain State for just 28 days this spring — a full 10 fewer than in 2020.

And while overall there were slightly more taps in Vermont maple trees in 2021, on average, the taps were about 24% less productive than the year prior.

The USDA’s report valued Vermont’s syrup production at $52.7 million in 2020.