Maple Production Below Normal

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Officials say maple sugar makers will end up with half to two-thirds of their normal crops this year. Cold weather followed by warmer temperatures shortened the season for many producers, especially in the southern part of the state.

But some sugarers in the northern Vermont are hoping for a sap run this weekend. The forecast is calling for frost tonight and tomorrow night in some parts of the state.

Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the country generating about 500,000 gallons in a normal year. Retail sales of maple syrup bring in $15 million a year.

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