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Amazing flows of sap = delicious syrup!

by Mary 3/2/2017 8:20:00 AM

Once again, surprised by Mother Nature, we had 2200 gallons of sap from our 1000 taps in about 36 hours!!! Watching the sap flow through the tubing and travel through the woods to the lower collection tank was sheer fun - one of the many delights of being out in the woods and observing a transition to Spring.Take a look at some of the videos on our website of sap flowing into the manifold, releasing into the collection tank for further understanding.

The sugar content of the sap was 2.6%, which calculated to 33 gallons of sap making 1 gallon of maple syrup. All of the processed syrup was Grade A Dark Robust and DELICIOUS! We have hit a new record of 100 gallons of maple syrup by March 1st! In years past we didn't start syruping until the second or third week of March.  The Minnesota DNR puts our warm streak into perspective: "Minnesota is in the grips of a historic warm streak, now standing at 18 months in many locations, including the Twin Cities.

Weather forecast for the next week looks promising for more sap flow! Stay tuned!

A bit of a lull - anticipating BIG runs!

by Mary 2/27/2017 8:41:00 AM

We've had several days of no action in the sugarbush, due to temperatures below freezing. We had an anticipated a major winter storm last Thursday and Friday, but patterns changed and southern Minnesota had 6-12" of snow, while we had none. There is no snow on the ground, so when we do have a warmup, the frost should begin coming out of the ground.

The weather forecast for tomorrow and Tuesday looks promising for sap flow and making maple syrup. The best news is the major warmup this weekend, continuing for a full week! Here is a visual graph from Paul Douglas' blog on the StarTribune page. We'll be syruping!!

 

Early Tapping Yields Sap!

by Don 2/21/2017 2:47:00 PM

2/12/2017: Earliest Sap Ever! This is a full week earlier than 2016 and in our 25 year history of Somerskogen Sugarbush!

2/17/2017: Earliest First Boil, resulting in 15 gallons of Grade A Rich Amber maple syrup. The sugar content of the sap has averaged 2.45%, translating into approximately 35 gallons of sap for one gallon of maple syrup.

The record breaking temperatures have remained above freezing for several days, with highs in the upper 50's to low 60. The sap flows have been reduced accordingly and we eagerly wait for a hard freeze. We are hopeful that the predicted cold front with snow to our south will stimulate sap flow.

 

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. South southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 60 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southwest wind around 5 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 40 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 58. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 58 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 33 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 30 percent chance of rain after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy
    then Chance
    Rain

    High: 41 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Rain before 8pm, then rain and snow between 8pm and 11pm, then snow after 11pm.  Patchy blowing snow after 9pm. Low around 27. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

    Rain/Snow and
    Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    Low: 27 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Snow.  Patchy blowing snow. High near 31. Blustery, with a north northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%.

    Snow and
    Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    High: 31 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Chance Snow
    and Blustery

    Low: 17 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 28 °F