New York Maple Syrup Production Up 59 Percent Over 2012

New York maple syrup production increased 59 percent from last year.

Syrup production is estimated at 574,000 gallons, an increase from the 360,000 gallons produced in 2012 according to Blair Smith, state statistician of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

Only Vermont produced more syrup than New York. The number of taps, 2.20 million, increased 6 percent from last year. Syrup produced per tap averaged .261 gallons, an increase from 0.174 gallons in 2012. The final value of the 2012 crop was $15.7 million, 29 percent less than the previous year’s value of production. The average price in 2012 was $43.50 per gallon equivalent for all sales.

Nationally, maple syrup production in 2013 totaled 3.25 million gallons, a 70 percent increase from 2012. In 2012, prevailing high temperatures limited sap flow. The number of taps is estimated at 10.6 million, 8 percent more than the 2012 total of 9.77 million. Yield per tap is estimated to be .308 gallons, a 58 percent increase from the previous season’s revised 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 Jan. 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 U.S. average price per gallon was $39.10, a $1.20 increase from the 2011 price of $37.90. The U.S. value of production, at $74.6 million for 2012, decreased 30 percent from the previous season.