US Maple Syrup Production Increases By 2 Percent

The 2017 United States maple syrup production totaled 4.27 million gallons, up 2 percent from the previous year. The number of taps is estimated at 13.3 million, up 6 percent from the 2016 total. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.320 gallon, down 4 percent from the previous season.

Producers were encouraged to tap earlier this season by the warmer than normal temperatures. The earliest sap flow reported was January 1 in Indiana, New York, Ohio, and Vermont. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was February 12 in Minnesota. On average, the season lasted 37 days, compared with 33 days in 2016. The 2016 United States average price per gallon was $35.00, down $1.70 from 2015. Value of production, at $147 million for 2016, was up 17 percent from the previous season.

United States tart cherry production is forecast at 238 million pounds, down 23 percent from the 2016 production. In Michigan, the largest producing State, growers are still assessing damage from an early May freeze event but expect an average crop.

Utah growers reported a less than average crop this year. Some growers reporting low production cited freeze and frost at bloom. In Wisconsin, the season has been wet and cool, which may have hurt pollination. There was a frost in early May but it appears to have only caused modest damage.

New York growers anticipate a less than average crop this year with widely varied yields. In Washington, growers reported moderate spring temperatures and moisture and expect harvest to begin later than normal.