Numbers Down, VT Still Top Syrup Producer

Published 06/12 2014 03:15PM

Updated 06/12 2014 03:20PM

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The numbers are in, and despite a slow start to the sugaring season, Vermont remains the top maple syrup producing state in the country.

Compared to last year though, the numbers are down. This season the Green Mountain State produced 1.3 million gallons of syrup, compared to 1.4 million gallons last year.

New York is the nation's second largest producer, but the Empire State also suffered losses from last season. This year came up with 546,000 gallon compared to 574,000 gallons in 2013.

New Hampshire produced 112,000 gallons in 2014 compared to last year's 124,000 gallons.

Back in Vermont, sap ran on just 28 days this season compared to 41 days last year. That's mainly due to the colder than average winter and spring.

The number of taps in the state increased, but the yields per tap were down, according to the United States Department of Agriculture reported released this week.

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