Monday, March 14, 2016

Maple syrup season ending

Maple syrup production is ending after one of the shortest runs in recent years.

Last year sap began to run at mid-March and syrup was being made well into April.

This year it’s over with less than half a normal crop put away.

Some early birds got a brief run of weak sap in mid-February, but then their trees and equipment got hit by a brutal cold snap.

Most waited until near the end of February and then weather turned unusually warm without the overnight below-freezing temperatures that make for the best runs.

This year’s short season and small crop should enable Quebec to clear its inventories. 

It has adopted supply management in an attempt to bolster prices and profits, but it’s a controversial policy because a recent report warns that it’s enabling others to gain market share.