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NY Maple Industry Sees Nearly 50% Increase In Production In Last Five Years

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New York's maple industry hit a 74-year record in 2018 with the production of 806,000 gallons of maple syrup. The maple industry in New York has grown by nearly 50 percent in the last five years and continues to maintain the state's standing as the second leading producer of fresh maple syrup in the nation.   

"The maple industry is one of New York's most important agricultural sectors, and it continues to grow year-over-year, infusing millions into the economy and bringing New York national recognition for its quality," Governor Cuomo said. "The growth of the industry is an indicator of our fantastic producers, who work hard to make some of the best maple syrup in the country and the innovative and unique maple products that consumers are demanding."

According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York's maple production constituted about 19 percent of the national total. The number of maple taps also continues to climb, with more than 2.73 million taps in production in 2018, the highest number of taps since 1943. New York producers also benefited from a long season in 2018 which lasted 52 days, compared to 43 days in 2017. 

In celebration of New York's growing maple industry, the New York State Fair will hold its first-ever Maple Day on Monday, August 27. Maple Day is sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers Association and will feature maple products, such as maple cotton candy, maple donuts, pancakes with maple syrup, and more, that can be sampled at locations across the Fairgrounds. Cooking demonstrations using pure New York maple syrupwill be held throughout the day in the Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen and maple vendors will be sampling and selling products at the Taste NY Marketplace in the Horticulture Building. Maple Day joins Dairy Day, Beef Day, and Agricultural Career Day in a lineup of special days created at the fair to highlight and promote New York State agriculture.

The New York State Grown & Certified program, whichpromotes New York's agricultural producers and growers who adhere to food safety and environmental sustainability standardsrecently expanded this past winter to include the New York maple industry. Since February 2017, the number of maple producers in the program has nearly tripled, from 14 to 37.

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Mark    126

Ummm, no.  This year sucked.  An early thaw in early February caused the sap to run for a week and half.  But then, our crappy winter kept on rolling for 5 1/2 weeks until finally it warmed enough for the sap to run ALL AT ONCE!  Just like the flood gates were opened, it was hard to keep up with the flow.  The sap was not as sweet as usual: sap usually requires boiling down to a 40:1 ratio but this year it was a 64:1 ratio - way less syrup out of the same amount of sap.  Perhaps it was better in other parts of the state, but around here it sucked.  My production was down 20% from past years.

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Hal    142

That’s quite a disparity between sugar percentages . 

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