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Ag. Weather Outlook 6-17-2014

by Tim Abramowski

THE SLOW DRIP IN MICHIGANS TAPPED MAPLE TREES WAS SLOWER, IT STARTED LATER AND ENDED EARLIER THAT LAST YEAR. THE GREAT LAKES DIVISION OF THE AG STATISTICS SERVICE PUTS TOTAL PRODUCTION IN THE STATE AT 91,000 GALLONS. THATS A FAR CRY FROM 2013 WHEN 148,000 GALLONS WAS COLLECTED IN THE SUGAR BUSH. YOU CAN CREDIT THE NEVER-GIVE-UP WINTER FOR DELAYING THE START OF COLLECTION AND MAKING IT EIGHT DAYS SHORTER THAN LAST YEAR. MOST MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION STATES REPORT A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE THIS YEAR PENNSYLVANIA WAS THE LONE EXCEPTION. IN ALL A TEN PERCENT DECLINE IS SHOWING UP IN THE NATIONAL FIGURES. LESS SYRUP PRODUCTIONTREE DAMAGE FROM EXTREME COLD ITS A WINTER THAT KEEPS ON GIVING OR TAKING. THIS WEEKS OUTLOOK CALLS FOR ALMOST DAILY CHANCES FOR RAIN WITH SOME STORMS PUTTING DOWN A LOT OF MOISTURE. KEEP UP TO DATE WITH DEVELOPING CONDITIONS AS STRONG STORMS ARENT OUT OF THE QUESTION. IN ADDTION, IT WILL BE MUGGY WITH READINGS WELL INTO THE EIGHTIES AND HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS.