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Cold weather puts brakes on maple syrup production

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(MARINETTE COUNTY) WKOW -- Early March usually signifies the beginning of maple syrup season in Wisconsin, but not this year.

Syrup farmers across the state say 25 degrees at night and low to mid-40's during the day are ideal conditions for syrup collection. Farmers say we haven't been close to that yet.

Chris Blaser has 20,000 maple trees on his property near Crivitz and says he's usually done tapping trees and already making syrup by March 1st, "This year we need to get rid of some snow and thaw these trees from all the hard freezes we had, we are going to be behind even if it does warm up today, so we're just planning to be behind."

Despite a late start last spring, maple syrup makers had one of their best seasons on record.

Wisconsin ranks 4th in maple syrup production in the U.S.

Vermont is the nation's leader, producing around 40 percent of the nation's total.
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