U.S. Maple Syrup Crop Sinks 10%



WASHINGTON - Jun 11/14 - SNS -- The 2014 United States maple syrup production totaled 3.17 million gallons, down 10% from the previous year, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates for 2014.

In 2014, cold temperatures decreased season length. The number of taps is estimated at 11.4 million, down slightly from the 2013 total. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.279 gallon, down 10% from the previous season's yield.

All States with the exception of Pennsylvania showed a decrease in production from the previous year. Cold temperatures contributed to a shorter season of sap flow than last year. The earliest sap flow reported was January 10 in New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was March 8 in Wisconsin. On average, the season lasted 29 days, compared with 37 days in 2013.

The 2013 United States average price per gallon was $37.40, down $1.70 from the 2012 price of $39.10. Value of production, at $132 million for 2013, was up 77% from the previous season.