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Posted by: @ 8:04 am

Sap started running at 11:30 AM today. In 3 hours 1100 gallons had run at the Harmon’s tanks.  High pressure resulted in a fast start. Temperatures were 20 and 44.   It was a perfect sap day with sun and no wind.   Sap stopped running about 7:30 PM and we ended up with 3000 gallons at Harmons and about 750 from the Home Woods. Sugar content is remaining constant at 2.7 for Harmons and 2.4 for the Home woods. I fixed more small leaks in the Home Woods and replaced the star on the east side of the road by Bill Hill. Current vacuum level is about 15 and we are trying to get it to 20.  The Harmon vacuum is remaining stable at 23 lbs. Our new vacuum system is exceeding our expectations and now we just need to fine tune it.   The maximum amount of sap per tap is about 35 gallons based on research by the University of Vermont Procter research center and we hope to at least get 20 gallons per tap this year.  Dave was in charge of sap collection today and drove Jim’s John Deere tractor to pickup the home woods sap and deliver a truck load of sap to Pittmans without incident.   The only issue today was that the transfer tank valve was left open when Jim picked up a load of sap from the home woods at 7pm.   We lost about 10-20 gallons.  Jim drove bus for the Plum City Schools in the afternoon.  The short term weather outlook is for the sap to run each day since a large Hi pressure ridge to the NE is keeping storms and warm weather to the SW of us.  

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