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Less syrup this year for NH maple producers, weather to blame

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LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire — Maple syrup producers are having a tough time this year in New Hampshire because of poor weather conditions.

Robyn Pearl of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association tells the Eagle Tribune (http://bit.ly/1n7f9tE) farmers are only producing 50 to 70 percent of what they usually would in the season.

She said it's been a frustrating season because of the cold weather. "It really shortened up the season. We never had the beginning and the middle, we just had the end," Pearl said.

The best daytime temperatures are in the mid-40s. The ideal nighttime temperature is about 28 degrees.

Hank Peterson of Londonderry said he was wrapping up his season with 50 to 60 gallons of syrup. He usually produces about 125 gallons a year.

"I've only got half a crop," Peterson said.

The association represents more than 400 maple sugar producers in the state. They produce an average 100,000 gallons a year. The state record was 125,000 in 2011.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Massachusetts), http://www.eagletribune.com

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