Maple syrup production down across tri-state area this year
WASHINGTON -- Michigan maple syrup production was estimated at 90,000 gallons for the 2016 season, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. The 2016 production was down 37,000 gallons from the previous year, and down 15,000 gallons from 2014. The season lasted 30 days, compared to 26 days in 2015, and 24 days in 2014.
Michigan ranked seventh in maple syrup production in 2016. Total Michigan taps were 400,000, and the syrup yield was 0.225 gallons per tap. In 2015, Michigan producers reported 62 percent of sales as retail, 15 percent wholesale, and 23 percent bulk. The average price per gallon in 2015 was $54.50, up $5.00 from 2014. This increase in price per gallon is likely attributed to a higher percentage being sold retail. Total value of production was $6.92 million, up 33 percent from last year.
Indiana maple syrup production was estimated at 12,000 gallons for the 2016 season, according to the Greg Matli, State Statistician for the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. The season lasted 24 days, making it the shortest in the country.
Indiana ranked 12th in maple syrup production in 2016. Total Indiana taps were 60,000, and the syrup yield was 0.200 gallons per tap.
Ohio maple syrup production was estimated at 70,000 gallons for the 2016 season, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. Overall, conditions were mostly too warm for sap flow. Production was down 45,000 gallons in 2016, compared to 115,000 gallons in 2015. The season lasted 27 days, unchanged from 27 days in 2015, and down from 30 days in 2014.
Ohio ranked ninth nationally in maple syrup production in 2016. Total Ohio maple syrup taps were 370,000, and the syrup yield was 0.189 gallons per tap. In 2015, Ohio producers reported 44 percent of sales as retail, 24 percent wholesale, and 32 percent bulk. The average price per gallon in 2015 was $41.20, down $1.60 from 2014. The 2015 value of production for Ohio was $4.74 million, compared to $5.56 million in 2014.
National maple syrup production for 2016 totaled 4.21 million gallons, up 23 percent from the previous year. The number of taps is estimated at 12.6 million, up 5 percent from the 2015 total. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.335 gallon, up 17 percent from the previous season’s yield. Pennsylvania reported a record high number of taps in 2016, while Massachusetts and Vermont reported record high production.
Producers were encouraged to tap earlier this season by the warmer than normal temperatures. The earliest sap flow reported was January 1 in Pennsylvania, Vermont and West Virginia. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was February 15 in Minnesota. On average, the season lasted 33 days, compared with 26 days in 2015.
The 2015 United States average price per gallon was $36.70, up $0.30 from 2014. Value of production, at $126 million for 2015, was up 8 percent from the previous season. Beginning in 2016, Indiana, Minnesota, and West Virginia were added to the maple syrup estimating program.