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Old 09-24-2016, 12:42 AM
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Default Fall sugaring?

Just curious if anyone here taps maple trees in the fall for a fall sugaring season? We typically tap our trees in January here in southern KY but I've read where some also tap in the fall. Just wondering if anyone here has had any success with this. Mostly I'm wondering about the flavor of the syrup. I'm considering trying it this year when the temperature gets right (probably next month) and seeing for myself but would love to hear your experience if you've tried this.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:00 AM
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I can't see that being very productive, its not about the cooler weather its about sugar moving inside the tree. the leaves generate sugars all summer and the tree stores it in the roots, when the tree breaks dormancy in the spring and wakes up it moves large amounts of sugar up to the branches so it can make the leaves it needs to generate more. the fall is not a time for growing leaves, the trees make a cyanide type chemical that chokes off and kills the leaves, and it prepares to rest for the winter, moving sugar up at that time would not do anything for the tree.

I suppose some sugars could be harvested but it won't be much. it might be different in the south where winter is less pronounced.
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Old 09-29-2016, 06:27 AM
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Never heard of a fall season, but if you try it let us know how it works out.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:07 PM
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In the fall the sap does migrate to the root system. But it's over a lot larger period of time. So there really isn't any kind of flow to be tapping.

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