U.S. maple syrup production falls

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Maple syrup production in the United States fell 13% this year overall.

That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which said production in Vermont, the nation’s leading syrup producer, dropped 2% to 450,000 gallons.

New Hamphire was down 6% to about 60,000 gallons.

Maine was especially hard hit, with production down 25% over last year. Syrup producers say the weather went from too cold to too warm very quickly, so the sap was only running for a short time.

The perfect weather for maple syrup production is below-freezing nights and above-freezing days.

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