Cold Threatens Maple Syrup Production

03.04.14 | Bob Price

Maple syrup producers across New York say the season is off to a slow start because of frigid weather. The best weather for sap is daytime temperatures in the low 40s and nighttime lows in the 20s. But this winter has been so cold that many maple producers say they haven’t been able to get any sap yet. Everything is frozen up still. Maple-makers say they’re several weeks behind schedule.  New York is the second leading maple syrup producer in the nation, behind only Vermont.  The season typically lasts four to six weeks, depending on the weather.