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MAPLE



Released:  June 2002

NEW YORK MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION
UP 18 PERCENT

New York maple syrup 2002 production increased 18 percent from a year ago when production was the lowest since 1993. Production hasn't fully rebounded since the disastrous ice storm struck the northern region of the state in 1998 and damaged sugar bushes. Syrup production is estimated at 228,000 gallons, up from the 193,000 gallons produced in 2001 according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. Only two states, Vermont and Maine, produced more syrup.

The number of taps, 1.24 million, increased 7 percent from last year. Syrup produced per tap averaged 0.184 gallons, up from 0.166 in 2001. The final value of the 2001 crop is $5.69 million. Increased prices offset a decline in production from the 2000 crop.

Lack of heavy snow cover made tapping trees and running tubing much easier this year. Mild weather early in the spring resulted in an early maple season. The season opened on February 22 and closed on March 29. Opening date was the earliest since records began in 1972. The extended season pushed yield per tap to the highest level since 1966.

Sap was slightly below average for sweetness, requiring an average of 44 gallons to make one gallon of syrup. Syrup quality was 19 percent dark, 53 percent medium, and 28 percent light. Temperatures were reported as 28 percent too warm, 61 percent favorable, and 11 percent too cold.

MAPLE SYRUP:  Production and Value, New York, 1997-2002

Year Syrup
made 1/
Average Gallons of sap
per gallon
of syrup
Average
price
per gallon
Value
of
production
first run
began
last run
ended
1,000 gals. Gallons Dollars 1,000 dols.
1997 269 Mar. 4 Apr. 7 48 25.10 6,752
1998 231 Feb. 25 Mar. 28 41 26.85 6,202
1999 195 Feb. 27 Apr. 2 43 27.30 5,324
2000 210 Feb. 27 Mar. 24 49 29.00 6,090
2001 193 Mar. 11 Apr. 7 40 29.50 5,694
2002 228 Feb. 22 Mar.  29 44 2/ 2/
1/  Includes syrup later made into sugar.
2/  Available June 2003.

NEW YORK MAPLE SYRUP PRICES - 2000-2001 CROP

The final average value of the 2001 maple syrup crop in New York was $29.50 per gallon equivalent for all sales. This was $.50 per gallon equivalent more than the average for the 2000 crop. The percentage of syrup sold retail and bulk was up from 2000 and wholesale sales declined.

MAPLE SYRUP:  Price by Type of Sales and Size of Container,
New York, 2000-2001

Type and
State
Gallons ½ Gallon Quarts Pints ½ Pint
2000 2001 2000 2001 2000 2001 2000 2001 2000 2001
Dollars Dollars Dollars Dollars Dollars
Retail 28.10 29.90 16.50 17.30 9.80 10.10 6.35 6.30 3.95 4.20
Wholesale 24.30 25.80 14.20 15.60 7.65 8.65 4.55 5.05 2.75 3.00
Bulk All Grades Bulk All Grades All Sales
2000 2001 2000 2001 2000 2001
Dollars per pound Dollars per gallon Equivalent per gallon
Bulk 1.35 1.40 15.00 15.60 29.00 29.50

MAPLE SYRUP:   Percent Sold by Type of Sale,
New York, 1998-2001

Type of
sale
Percent
1998 1999 2000 2001
Retail 43 47 45 54
Wholesale 16 26 32 15
Bulk 41 27 23 31

U.S. MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION UP 29 PERCENT

The 2002 U.S. maple syrup production totaled 1.36 million gallons, up 29 percent from last year's production of 1.05 million gallons. The number of taps is estimated at 6.58 million, up 1 percent from the 2001 total of 6.48 million, while the yield per tap is estimated to be 0.206 gallons, up from 0.162 gallons in 2001.

Vermont led all States in production with 495,000 gallons for 2002, an increase of 80 percent from last season. Maine was second with 230,000 gallons, up 15 percent from 2001. New York's production, at 228,000 gallons, increased 18 percent from 2001. Production increases in these three States are attributed to favorable weather early in the Spring which resulted in an earlier maple season and good sap flow. The lack of heavy snow cover made tapping trees and running tubing much easier this year.

Sugar content of the sap was lower than 2001 with approximately 45 gallons of sap was required to produce one gallon of syrup. This is in contrast with 41 gallons in 2001 but comparable to the 46 gallons in 2000. Slightly more of the higher demand light syrup was produced than 2001 but most was of medium color.

The revised 2001 average price per gallon was $28.70, up $1.10 from the 2000 price of $27.60. The value of production, at $30.1 million for 2001, was down 11 percent from 2000. The biggest price increases were realized in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire as production was down from 2000.

MAPLE SYRUP Production, Price, and Value
by State and United States 1/

State Production Average price
per gallon
Value of
production
2000 2001 2002 2000 2001 2000 2001
1,000 gallons Dollars 1,000 dollars
CT 7 9 8 43.90 45.70 307 411
ME 250 200 230 14.20 18.70 3,550 3,740
MA 39 34 45 37.80 40.60 1,474 1,380
MI 44 60 66 35.10 31.40 1,544 1,884
NH 75 45 75 38.10 40.00 2,858 1,800
NY 210 193 228 29.00 29.50 6,090 5,694
OH 34 96 75 34.30 31.30 1,166 3,005
PA 47 69 55 28.40 25.30 1,335 1,746
VT 460 275 495 30.00 30.80 13,800 8,470
WI 65 68 79 27.70 29.20 1,800 1,986
U.S. 1,231 1,049 1,356 27.60 28.70 33,924 30,116
1/  Price and value for 2002 available June 2003.