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Sugarbush Operations

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Maple Trees

This tree grew to 1.5" in the first 30 years. Then it was released by cutting away any competition to its crown so it had a direct path to sunlight. And it was fertilized. The results are spectacular! 4.5" of growth in the next 10 years before it was culled to release better trees nearby.

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Crop Maintenance

Two 10" dbh maple tree trees were culled to create room in the canopy for abutting trees to expand.

A hemlock tree was killed by girdling and its sunlight is quickly taken by the neighbors.

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Field Tanks

A good day's run in a field tank ready to be hauled to the sugar house. The field tanks can hold 2 gallons per tap and our orchards average just under 1 gallon per day when the sap is running.

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Preseason

Preseason maintenance includes removing blowdowns. Lines pinned to the ground won't unthaw stopping any sap flow.

Here further up the line a branch line frozen into the brook. Obviously this line won't unthaw on a nice day.

Tap Recovery

Left circle is a tap hole closed after 1 year. Right circle is the previous year. By year 3 the exterior of the scar has disappeared. 

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Time & Pressure

Here is a 3 foot sapsicicle hanging off a twig. The tree is pushing sap up to its buds under pressure. But a break has allowed the sap to escape on a day where the air temperature is below freezing forming the "sapsicicle".

An abandoned spout after fifty or more years.

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Lines

Five lateral lines enter a 1/2" mainline and go to a roadside field tank.

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