The frogs are croaking and the tree sap has turned. The 2018 sugaring season is over. It was one of the longest seasons ever with no large sap runs. For us there was many days where the sap ran from noon to 7pm with no all night runs. April had record snowfall and there is still snow on the ground on the north facing slopes. If a woods was on lighter soil and had no frost due to being east or south facing it was a record year. Tim (Beaver) Hoffman made 76 gallons of syrup from 125 taps since his woods had minimal frost. If the woods had a deep frost there was not much sap collected which effected some sappers in our area. Our woods had frost but not too deep since we ended up with 1854 gallons of syrup made from 61,861 gallons of sap. Now it’s time to start pulling spiles. Brent will start today and then I’ll join him tomorrow. We should get everything done by Sunday. Spile pulling should be quicker this year since we will have the vacuum system turned on while we pull out the spiles. The vacuum will pull out the sap as soon as a spile is pulled. The spile will be cut off from the drop line and then the drop line will be attached to the tee.