Jeff Edelen removes taps and containers used for collecting maple sap near his home in Forest Lake, Minn. Edelen said the warm spring slowed the trees’ production, and he collected only about one-quarter of usual amount of sap this year.
Industry groups in both Minnesota and Wisconsin say this has been the worst maple syrup year anyone can remember.
In order for their sap to run, maple trees need temperatures to fluctuate between warm days and freezing nights. This year, Minnesota barely saw any runs like that. And then, a couple weeks ago, buds appeared on the trees, which means sap production is over.
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