Use Value Assessment for Maple Sap Collection in Wisconsin (youtube.com video link; will open in separate window)
This video is speaking to assessors in a training manner in order to help them determine if Wisconsin forest land, tapped for maple sap gathering, qualifies for use value assessment. As such, it is also a valuable tool for Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers to help guard against surprises and better ensure their results are predictable.
For more information, visit http://www.revenue.wi.gov (published 12/12/2012)
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – create your own custom maple reports!!
“Nationally, maple syrup production in 2013 totaled 3.25 million gallons, up 70 percent from 2012. In 2012, prevailing high temperatures limited sap flow. The number of taps is estimated at 10.6 million, 8 percent above the 2012 total of 9.77 million. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.308 gallons, up 58 percent from the previous season’s revised yield.
All States showed an increase in production from the previous year. Cool temperatures in the early spring months delayed budding of maple trees which contributed to a longer season of sap flow than last year. The earliest sap flow reported was January 1 in New York. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was February 15 in Wisconsin. On average, the season lasted 37 days, compared with 24 days in 2012.
The 2012 U.S. average price per gallon was $39.10, up $1.20 from the 2011 price of $37.90. The U.S. value of production, at $74.6 million for 2012, was down 30
percent from the previous season…”
2013 USDA Wisconsin Maple Syrup Production Report – Full Report
(1 page .pdf fie)
Wisconsin Maple Production – A New Record High
“Wisconsin’s 2013 Maple Syrup Production was 265,000 gallons – more than 5 times the production of 2012. This is the highest production since NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) began keeping track in 1992.
Sugar content of sap was higher compared to last year. Thirty-four gallons of sap were required to produce one gallon of syrup, down from 44 gallons last year.
Number of taps increased from 600,000 in 2012 to 740,000 in 2013.
Yield, at .0358 gallons per tap, was 4.3 times higher than the average achieved in 2012…”
- Pure maple syrup is only made on a commercial scale in North America – nowhere else in world.
- Maple syrup is generally produced in the states and provinces that surround the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.
- Maple sap is collected in the early spring, when temperatures get below freezing at night and above freezing during the day.
- It takes approximately 40 gallons of maple sap from the trees to make one gallon of pure maple syrup.
- Nothing is added to the sap, only water is evaporated away, to make pure maple syrup.
- Once concentrated to the correct density, pure maple syrup is filtered and “hot pack”- bottled.
- A tree large enough to tap can be re-tapped year after year, although a new tap hole must be drilled each season.
- Each tap can yield up to 10+ gallons of sap per season on a gravity system, resulting in approximately one quart of finished syrup.
- Vacuum collection systems will yield approximately twice the sap of a gravity system.
- Pure maple syrup is a great natural food. It contains no preservatives, colorings or other additives.
- A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds compared to 8 pounds for a gallon of water.
- There are three classes of Grade-A pure maple syrup as set by the USDA: Light Amber, Medium Amber and Dark Amber.
State Maple Associations:
- CONNECTICUT Maple Syrup Producer’s Association, Inc.
- MAINE Maple Producer’s Association
- MASSACHUSETTS Maple Producer’s Association
- MICHIGAN Maple Syrup Association
- MINNESOTA Maple Syrup Producer’s Association
- NEW HAMPSHIRE Maple Producer’s Association
- NEW YORK State Maple Producer’s Association, Inc.
- OHIO Maple Producer’s Association
- PENNSYLVANIA Maple Syrup Producer’s Council
- VERMONT Maple Sugar Maker’s Association
- INTERNATIONAL Maple Syrup Institute
- NORTH AMERICAN Maple Syrup Council