The Official U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac -- 2017 Alamanc_2017 - Page 22

INDIANA MAPLE ASSOCIATION 999 E 325 N Greencastle IN 46135, 765-653-5108, www.indianamaplesyrup.com OFFICERS SUMMARY OF SEASON M aple Syrup production in the Hoosier state was down from previous years due to a very warm spell during the middle of Feb- ruary. The statewide average tapping date was Feb. 5 and the statewide closing date was Mar. 7. This indicates that it was a very short season. Man producers tapped in January, which is un- usual and were done by the third week of February. The state- wide average sugar content was slightly less than 2 percent. Buckets and bags continue to be the most popular method of collecting sap, but the use of tubing and vacuum is gain- ing throughout the state. The total number of taps in Indiana increased by 18 percent over 2016. Even though it was a short season, some producers reported an almost average year. Only a few exceeded an average year, but for most producers, the total syrup made fell well below previous seasons. Dave Hamilton, president Dave Hamilton President New Castle, Ind. dave@rutherford sugarcamp.com Bill Owen Secretary Avilla, Ind. bkowen@gmail. com Kevin Hart Vice President Brownsville, Ind. hoosierhart@ gmail.com Brent Tubbs Treasurer Hudson, Ind. brtubbs@hotmail. com Becky Harris Public Relations Greencastle, Ind. aharris@joink. com3 EVENTS Indiana State Fair When: Aug. 4-21, 2017 Where: Indianapolis Info: Dave Hamilton Annual Meeting When: Dec. 2, 2017 Where: Columbia City Info: Dave Hamilton Maple Syrup Taps, Yield and Production: 2015-2017 Number of taps (1,000 taps) Indiana Yield per tap (galllons) Production (1,000 gallons) 2015 2016 2017 2015 2016 2017 2015 2016 2017 (NA) 60 62 (NA) 0.2 0.194 (NA) 12 12 Maple Syrup Price and Value: 2015-2017 Average Price/Gal (dollars) Indiana 2015 2016 (NA) 50 Value of production (1,000 dollars) 2017 * 2015 2016 (NA) 600 2017 * * Price and value for 2016 will be published in Crop Production to be released June 2018 Maple Syrup Season: 2015-2017 Date Season Opened * Indiana Date Season Closed ** Avgerage Season Length*** 2015 2016 2017 2015 2016 2017 2015 2016 2017 (NA) 19-Jan 1-Jan (NA) 28-Mar 2-Apr (NA) 24 31 * Approximately the first day sap was collected. ** Approximately the last day sap was collected. *** The average number of days sap was collected. Crop Production: Released June 9, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Ag- riculture (USDA). 22 U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac 2017