April 21, 2022 Maple Syrup Production Report

Sap Flow Overview

The maple season is still churning along for producers in the northern regions and a few in Ottawa Valley. More happy reports are coming in of record-breaking yields. I’ve heard from more than a few who have stopped production not because of the weather or buddy syrup, but because they have made enough and just want a break! It looks like this will be the last week of the 2022 maple syrup season for most of the province, save for a few producers who have bushes located in the very coldest aspects.

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Maple Syrup Production Report Update

Sap Flow Overview

The continued warm weather of this week marks the end of maple season for most of the province, with the exception of Algoma and the northern Algonquin district. Buds are swelling, sap is becoming cloudy, and slight off-flavours are developing in finished syrup. The big runs most bushes experienced last weekend turned a below-average year into an average and even bumper crop year for most folks on vacuum! Haliburton-Kawartha in particular seems to have had an excellent season. Unfortunately, folks on buckets and even on gravity lines have had a more difficult year, with many reporting below-average yields.

If you’re a new producer, check out the blog posts with information on the end of the maple season, including what buddy syrup is and how to clean your lines.

For the maple syrup production report below, find your region here.

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April 6, 2022 Maple Syrup Production Report

Sap Flow Overview

It has been an eventful week! After last week’s freeze, sap flows reached seasonal highs from Thursday-Sunday. Producers from across the province on high vacuum reported collecting over 3 gallons (13.L) per tap, per day. However, the two-week forecast shows no more nights below freezing in the southern regions, and this is thus the last week of production for many in Southwestern and Waterloo-Wellington. Most folks in other regions are still holding out for low temperatures this coming weekend, but many have surpassed last year’s yields and are either at or are well on their way to an average crop year. No buddy sap has been reported yet, and sap is still mostly clear.

For the maple syrup production report below, find your region here.

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St. Joseph Island August 2021 Tornado: Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Activated

On August 11, 2021, a tornado touched down on St. Joseph Island and caused damage to several maple syrup operations. To support farmers and landowners, the provincial government’s Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) has been activated for St Joseph Island. Both small businesses and farms and homeowners and tenants are eligible to apply. This means that if your primary residence, small business or farm operation was impacted, you may receive government support to cover your losses.

The activation area includes all of the townships of Jocelyn and Hilton and all of the Township of St. Joseph except Richards Landing. The activation area does not include the Village of Hilton Beach.

To be eligible, the business owner or farm owner must:

  • Be the day-to-day manager and own at least 50 per cent of the business.
  • Be dependent on the business income – The business provides at least 15% of their net income. An exception may be made if the business has at least one employee outside the owner-operator’s household.
  • Have no more than the equivalent of 20 full-time employees.
  • Have between $10,000 and $2,000,000 in gross revenue.

If you meet these criteria, you may apply for funding to cover:

  • emergency expenses
  • cleanup expenses 
  • costs to repair or replace essential property including the replacement of inventory or stock
  • equipment essential to the function of the business

Applications are subject to a $500 program deductible and eligible costs are paid at 90%.

If you are a small business or a farm, click here for all DRAO application details; if you are a homeowner or tenant, click here. The deadline to apply is July 29, 2022. Please share widely with St Joseph residents.

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March 30, 2022 Maple Syrup Production Update

Sap Flow Overview

The past week saw moderate to great sap flows before the province-wide cold snap of the last few days. Producers everywhere are in high spirits as the season has both extended the season and provided many with a much-needed pause. Most producers in the south have surpassed their yields from last year. Flavour is excellent throughout, and producers are repeating their annual mantra that the current year has the best flavour ever.

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March 22, 2022 Maple Syrup Production Update

Sap Flow Overview

Weather fluctuations in the past week have caused start-and-stop sap flows in most of the province. Sap is running for producers on vacuum in all regions now. The next few days are expected to be warm, but the days around the weekend will be colder and bring sugaring weather throughout much of the southern province.

In the south of the province, some producers are experiencing decreases in sap Brix as the end of the season draws closer. Some smaller producers on buckets in the southwest region have halted production for the season due to temperatures over 20 degrees C last week, but many others are still holding out for cooler weather in the next week. Filtration problems are declining on average across the south, but are notable in northern regions where sap has just begun to flow.

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March 16, 2022 Maple Syrup Production Report

Sap Flow Overview

This season is bringing about its fair share of unusual weather. There have been periods of intense cold punctuated by ideal maple sugaring days. An example from Waterloo-Wellington was Monday’s perfect maple sugaring weather (nighttime low around -8 and daytime high of +6), with very slow sap flow. The slow sap flow was likely due to the biting cold and winds of the preceding Saturday and Sunday (nighttime lows of -10 to -12 and daytime highs of -5) which froze the trees again. Don’t be alarmed if this happens; it just means that the days after will see decent runs when the trees thaw out.

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March 8, 2022 Maple Production Report

Sap Flow Overview

The warm Sunday has come and gone, but many producers in Southwestern Ontario reported a smaller sap run than expected. This is likely due to the one warm day being insufficient to thaw out trees, as the week leading up to Sunday saw fairly cold weather (with daytime highs below 0 degrees C). If you’re in a colder area with later sap flow, consider finishing your tapping early and taking the extra time to check leaks in your vacuum system before the season gets under way.

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March 1, 2022 Maple Syrup Production Report

Sap Flow Overview

Producers across southern Ontario are getting ready for this Sunday, which promises the first major sapflow weather of the season. The warm spell will extend as far north as the north shore of Lake Huron, but if daytime highs are far below freezing in the days leading up to Sunday, trees will likely still be frozen.

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February 23, 2022 Maple Syrup Report and LDD Moth Forecast

Sap Flow Overview

The 2022 maple season is here! Producers everywhere have cleared their bushes, cleaned their equipment, and sporadically throughout Ontario have begun tapping and even boiling. As is normally the case, larger producers and those who like to be particularly early began tapping weeks ago to be on schedule for the first flows of the season.

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