Massive Jump in Maple Syrup Output



WASHINGTON - Jun 12/13 - SNS -- The 2013 United States maple syrup production totaled 3.25 million gallons, up 70% from the previous year, according to the USDA's latest crop report.

In 2012, prevailing high temperatures limited sap flow. The number of taps is estimated at 10.6 million, 8% above the 2012 total of 9.77 million. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.308 gallon, up 58% from the previous season's yield.

All States showed an increase in production from the previous year. Cool temperatures in the early spring months delayed budding of maple trees which contributed to a longer season of sap flow than last year. The earliest sap flow reported was January 1 in New York. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was February 15 in Wisconsin. On average, the season lasted 37 days, compared with 24 days in 2012.

The 2012 United States average price per gallon was $39.10, up $1.20 from the 2011 price of $37.90. Value of production, at $74.6 million for 2012, was down 30% from the previous season.

Maple Syrup Taps, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2011-2013
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              :    Number of taps     :     Yield per tap     :      Production
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              : 2011  : 2012  : 2013  : 2011  : 2012  : 2013  : 2011  : 2012  : 2013
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              : ----- 1,000 taps ----   ------ gallons ------   --- 1,000 gallons ---
              :
Connecticut ..:    71      70      78   0.239   0.157   0.256      17      11      20
Maine ........: 1,470   1,500   1,500   0.245   0.240   0.300     360     360     450
Massachusetts :   245     250     280   0.253   0.160   0.225      62      40      63
Michigan .....:   495     430     490   0.248   0.151   0.302     123      65     148
New Hampshire :   420     440     460   0.286   0.173   0.270     120      76     124
New York .....: 2,011   2,070   2,200   0.280   0.174   0.261     564     360     574
Ohio .........:   405     410     440   0.309   0.244   0.352     125     100     155
Pennsylvania .:   503     501     583   0.254   0.192   0.230     128      96     134
Vermont ......: 3,300   3,500   3,800   0.345   0.214   0.347   1,140     750   1,320
Wisconsin ....:   660     600     740   0.235   0.083   0.358     155      50     265
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United States : 9,580   9,771  10,571   0.292   0.195   0.308   2,794   1,908   3,253
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Maple Syrup Price and Value - States and United States: 2011-2013
[Blank data cells indicate estimation period has not yet begun]
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              :     Average price per gallon      :        Value of production
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              :   2011    :   2012    :  2013 1/  :   2011    :   2012    :  2013 1/
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              :   --------- dollars --------         ------ 1,000 dollars ------
              :
Connecticut ..:   73.00       63.40                    1,241        697
Maine ........:   34.00       33.00                   12,240     11,880
Massachusetts :   57.00       51.50                    3,534      2,060
Michigan .....:   43.80       51.60                    5,387      3,354
New Hampshire :   49.00       52.50                    5,880      3,990
New York .....:   39.10       43.50                   22,052     15,660
Ohio .........:   40.30       42.50                    5,038      4,250
Pennsylvania .:   40.00       39.40                    5,120      3,782
Vermont ......:   35.00       35.50                   39,900     26,625
Wisconsin ....:   36.30       45.60                    5,627      2,280
              :
United States :   37.90       39.10                  106,019     74,578
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1/ Price and value for 2013 will be published in "Crop Production" released June
   2014.
Maple Syrup Season - States and United States: 2011-2013
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              :      Date season      :      Date season      :    Average season
              :       opened 1/       :       closed 2/       :       length 3/
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              : 2011  : 2012  : 2013  : 2011  : 2012  : 2013  : 2011  : 2012  : 2013
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              :-------------------- date --------------------    ------ days ------
              :
Connecticut ..: Feb 2   Jan 5   Jan 2  Apr 21  Mar 30  Apr 28    32      32      41
Maine ........:Feb 12   Feb 4  Jan 13   May 6   May 7  Apr 30    34      29      39
Massachusetts :Jan 31  Jan 29   Jan 8  Apr 27  Mar 30  Apr 15    31      24      36
Michigan .....:Feb 13  Jan 29   Feb 8  Apr 28   Apr 2  Apr 29    29      18      32
New Hampshire :Feb 14   Feb 2  Jan 30  Apr 30  Apr 21  Apr 26    32      25      38
New York .....:Jan 10  Jan 10   Jan 1  Apr 27  Apr 26   May 1    33      24      40
Ohio .........: Feb 2  Jan 20   Jan 4  Apr 11  Mar 30  Apr 18    31      26      37
Pennsylvania .: Feb 3   Jan 9  Jan 10  Apr 28  Apr 20   May 8    33      26      39
Vermont ......: Feb 1  Jan 18   Jan 8  Apr 30   May 2   May 1    36      26      41
Wisconsin ....: Feb 2  Jan 25  Feb 15   May 7  Apr 25  May 28    28      10      29
              :
United States :   (X)     (X)     (X)     (X)     (X)     (X)    32      24      37
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(X) Not applicable.
1/  Approximately the first day that sap was collected.
2/  Approximately the last day that sap was collected.
3/  The average number of days that sap was collected.
Maple Syrup Average Open and Close Season Dates - States and
United States: 2011-2013
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              :      Season Opened 1/       :      Season Closed 2/
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------
              :  2011   :  2012   :  2013   :  2011   :  2012   :  2013
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              :                           date
              :
Connecticut ..: Feb 24     Feb 9    Feb 12    Mar 28    Mar 12    Mar 25
Maine ........: Mar 10    Feb 28     Mar 4    Apr 13    Mar 28    Apr 12
Massachusetts :  Mar 4    Feb 19    Feb 26     Apr 4    Mar 14     Apr 3
Michigan .....:  Mar 8    Feb 26     Mar 9     Apr 6    Mar 15    Apr 10
New Hampshire :  Mar 7    Feb 24    Feb 28     Apr 8    Mar 20     Apr 7
New York .....:  Mar 5    Feb 21    Feb 27     Apr 7    Mar 16     Apr 9
Ohio .........: Feb 24    Feb 15    Feb 20    Mar 27    Mar 12    Mar 29
Pennsylvania .: Feb 26    Feb 16    Feb 26    Mar 31    Mar 13     Apr 5
Vermont ......:  Mar 9    Feb 25     Mar 3    Apr 14    Mar 22    Apr 13
Wisconsin ....: Mar 15     Mar 8    Mar 25    Apr 12    Mar 18    Apr 23
              :
United States :    (X)       (X)       (X)       (X)       (X)       (X)
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(X) Not applicable.
1/  Approximate average opened date based on reported data.
2/  Approximate average closed date based on reported data.
Maple Syrup Price by Type of Sale and Size of Container - States: 2011 and 2012
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              :   Gallon    : 1/2 Gallon  :    Quart    :    Pint     :  1/2 Pint
Type and State:---------------------------------------------------------------------
              : 2011 : 2012 : 2011 : 2012 : 2011 : 2012 : 2011 : 2012 : 2011 : 2012
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              :                               dollars
              :
Retail        :
Connecticut ..:57.00  62.90  34.80  36.00  19.00  21.00  13.10  13.00   8.70   7.75
Maine ........:53.10  56.20  30.80  30.40  16.60  16.60  10.00   9.60   5.90   6.00
Massachusetts :50.80  51.90  30.00  29.10  18.50  17.80  11.30  11.10   8.40   7.45
Michigan .....:45.50  46.00  24.60  25.70  13.70  14.90   8.40   9.30   5.20   6.70
New Hampshire :51.30  53.20  27.30  30.10  17.20  18.50  10.10  10.60   5.80   6.20
New York .....:44.70  43.70  25.00  24.80  15.60  15.40   9.40   9.60   6.05   6.00
Ohio .........:41.70  41.50  24.90  24.80  15.10  15.10   8.90   9.30   6.80   5.90
Pennsylvania .:41.00  42.60  23.20  23.30  13.90  13.60   8.00   8.30   5.00   5.05
Vermont ......:44.70  46.10  26.20  26.20  15.70  16.90   9.70   9.60   5.90   6.20
Wisconsin ....:39.00  44.60  23.50  26.80  12.30  15.00   7.40   8.40   5.30   5.20
              :
Wholesale     :
Connecticut ..:  (D)  56.90  25.00  34.10  14.00  16.40   8.00   8.60   5.10   5.10
Maine ........:42.70  42.40  24.00  22.80  12.10  12.90   7.00   7.40   4.30   5.10
Massachusetts :45.70  40.80  24.40  24.70  13.70  13.90   8.30   7.40   5.20   4.70
Michigan .....:33.80  36.80  23.00  24.10  12.60  12.30   7.30   7.20   4.50   4.50
New Hampshire :38.70  37.90  23.30  23.20  13.20  12.50   8.20   7.30   4.60   4.30
New York .....:37.50  43.80  22.70  24.30  12.50  14.30   6.90   8.45   4.75   5.65
Ohio .........:36.00  37.20  22.70  20.00  13.10  12.50   7.90   7.00   5.00   4.20
Pennsylvania .:35.90  39.20  21.90  20.30  12.70  12.10   6.90   6.65   4.00   4.50
Vermont ......:39.40  40.50  23.90  24.10  13.70  13.70   8.10   8.10   5.00   4.80
Wisconsin ....:40.30  36.20  23.50  24.30  11.90  13.40   6.70   8.00   4.10   4.90
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(D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
Maple Syrup Bulk Price - States: 2011 and 2012
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              :         Bulk all grades         :         Bulk all grades
     State    :-------------------------------------------------------------------
              :      2011      :      2012      :      2011      :      2012
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              :        dollars per pound                dollars per gallon
              :
Connecticut ..:       (D)             2.70              (D)            29.70
Maine ........:      2.90             2.90            32.00            32.00
Massachusetts :      2.50             2.69            27.60            29.70
Michigan .....:      2.60             2.60            28.80            29.10
New Hampshire :      2.65             2.55            29.20            28.10
New York .....:      2.64             2.71            29.10            29.80
Ohio .........:      2.70             2.70            29.90            30.20
Pennsylvania .:      2.57             2.66            28.40            29.30
Vermont ......:      2.75             2.75            30.30            30.30
Wisconsin ....:      2.70             2.70            29.50            29.50
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(D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
Maple Syrup Percent of Sales by Type - States: 2011 and 2012
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              :       Retail        :      Wholesale      :        Bulk
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------
              :   2011   :   2012   :   2011   :   2012   :   2011   :   2012
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              :    -- percent --         -- percent --         -- percent --
              :
Connecticut ..:    70         47         15         16         15         37
Maine ........:     4          2          4          3         92         95
Massachusetts :    55         39         30         33         15         28
Michigan .....:    45         60         15         24         40         16
New Hampshire :    50         50         10         25         40         25
New York .....:    29         36         11         14         60         50
Ohio .........:    42         48         17         14         41         38
Pennsylvania .:    43         32         27         13         30         55
Vermont ......:    15         15          5          5         80         80
Wisconsin ....:    30         39         13         18         57         43
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