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Syruping is finished for 2016!

by Mary 4/1/2016 7:47:00 AM

With the sap flow decreasing each day, the buds on the maple trees near opening and a record amount of syrup produced, we ended the 2016 Maple Syrup season on March 27th. We started earlier than we ever have in our 22 years (late February) and with a very warm month of March, we ended earlier than usual. The average March temperature in the Twin Cities was 41.6 and this will tie the fifth warmest March on record. We feel very fortunate to have had the cool nights to continue the sap flow.

We have bottled over 35 gallons of maple syrup in various sizes, so now is the time to replenish your supply! We sold out our supply last year, so don't miss out on one of Mother Nature's best gifts!! 

Sap continues to flow!

by Mary 3/24/2016 2:31:00 PM

After escaping a winter storm yesterday that brought 12" of snow to southern Minnesota and only flurries to our area, we are back to Spring today! As I write this note, the temperature is 42.9 degrees, the sun is shining brightly and not a cloud in the sky. The nighttime temperature dropped to 24 degrees, so we have had the rapid swing we desire for sap flow.Although somewhat variable, the sap flow at present is roughly 80 gallons /hour! We'll pump the sap up to the sugarhouse tonight, run it through the pool filter and UV light, then cool it down to 33 degrees to prevent any degrading due to warm temperatures.

The forecast for the remainder of the week looks promising for continued sap flow in what is amounting to be a much longer season than some of us anticipated. Specific forecast detail is available if your cursor is over the image:

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Mound MN

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 42. North wind around 10 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 42 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 23 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: A 10 percent chance of rain after 5pm.  Increasing clouds, with a high near 42. South wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Mostly Sunny
    then Slight
    Chance Rain

    High: 42 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: A chance of rain before 2am, then a chance of rain and snow.  Cloudy, with a low around 33. South southeast wind around 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    Chance Rain
    then Chance
    Rain/Snow

    Low: 33 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A chance of snow before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow between 11am and noon, then a chance of rain after noon.  Cloudy, with a high near 41. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest in the morning.  Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    Chance
    Rain/Snow
    then Chance
    Rain

    High: 41 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 26 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 45. West wind around 5 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 45 °F

WCCO TV visits Somerskogen

by Don 3/20/2016 6:18:00 PM

 

Molly Rosenblatt visited Somerskogen Sugarbush to find out how the unseasonably warm weather is affecting maple syrup production. Check out her interview:

 

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/03/16/maple-syrup-warm-weather/