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MAPLE

Released:  June 2006

MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION UP 14 PERCENT

New York maple syrup 2006 production increased 14 percent from last year’s below average crop.  Syrup production is estimated at 253,000 gallons, up from the 222,000 gallons produced in 2005.  Only two states, Vermont and Maine, produced more syrup.  The number of taps, 1.53 million, increased 8 percent from last year. Syrup produced per tap averaged 0.165 gallons, up from 0.156 gallons in 2005.  The final value of the 2005 crop is $7.04 million, two percent below the previous year’s value of production.  However, the overall price was $31.70, up 12 percent from the previous year’s price.

Sugar content was low across the State. Most syrup produced was of medium color.   Syrup color was 22 percent dark, 57 percent medium, and 21 percent light.   The season was considerably shorter than the average 4 to 6 weeks.  Most producers were able to tap for about one week straight without the temperature fluctuating to an extreme condition.  During that one week, most producers experienced a strong sap flow when the weather was favorable.  Excellent production during this one favorable week outweighed poor sap flow encountered during the rest of the season.  Throughout the entire maple season, the unusual weather pattern made it difficult for sap flow to be consistent.  Producers did not receive continuous cold nights and warm days.  There was minimal to no snow received during the maple season and tent caterpillars destroyed some of the maple trees in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the State.

MAPLE SYRUP:   Production and Value, New York, 2001-2006

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.

             
                 

2001

193

Mar.

 11

          Apr.

   7

40

29.50

5,694

2002

260

Feb.

 22

          Mar.

 30

44

26.30

6,838

2003

210

Mar.

 13

          Apr.

   9

44

26.80

5,628

2004

255

Mar.

   4

          Apr.

   3

44

28.20

7,191

2005

222

Mar.

 13

          Apr.

   5

41

31.70

7,037

2006

253

Mar.

   7

          Apr.

   3

46

    2/

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1/   Includes syrup later made into sugar. 
2/   Available June 2006.


NEW YORK MAPLE SYRUP PRICES - 2004-2006 CROP

The final average value of the 2005 maple syrup crop in New York was $31.70  per  gallon  equivalent  for  all  sales. This was $3.50 per gallon equivalent more than the average for the 2004 crop. The percentage of syrup sold bulk and percentage of retail sales was up from 2004.


MAPLE SYRUP:  Price by Type of Sales and Size of Container, New York, 2004-2005

Type and

State

Gallons

½ Gallon

Quarts

Pints

½ Pint

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

 

Dollars

Dollars

Dollars

Dollars

Dollars

Retail

32.20

32.50

17.80

18.80

10.50

11.10

6.50

6.90

3.90

4.40

Wholesale

25.60

26.50

16.70

16.10

  8.00

  8.80

4.90

5.20

3.00

3.20

         
 

Bulk All Grades

Bulk All Grades

All Sales

 

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

 

Dollars per pound

Dollars per gallon

Equivalent per gallon

Bulk

1.40

1.70

15.30

18.90

28.20

31.70

   

MAPLE SYRUP:  Percent Sold by Type of Sale, New York, 2002-2005

Type of sale

Percent

2002

2003

2004

2005

         

   Retail

39

37

50

45

   Wholesale

21

24

19

22

   Bulk

40

39

31

33

         

U.S. MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION UP 17 PERCENT

The 2006 U.S. maple syrup production totaled 1.45 million gallons, up 17 percent from 2005.  The number of taps is estimated at 7.26 million, up 2 percent from the 2005 total of 7.10 million, while the yield per tap is estimated to be 0.200 gallons, up 14 percent from the previous season.

Vermont led all States in production with 460,000 gallons, an increase of 12 percent from 2005.  Maine's production, at 300,000 gallons, increased 13 percent from last season. Production in New York, at 253,000 gallons, is 14 percent above 2005.  Production doubled in Wisconsin, and is up 34 percent in Michigan, 13 percent in Ohio, 12 percent in New Hampshire, and 8 percent in Pennsylvania. Production remained the same in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Large increases in yield as well as additional taps set in many States led to this year's increased production
 Temperatures in the maple producing States varied across the country While  producers  in  Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin reported favorable conditions, producers in the other 5 States experienced weather that was either too warm or too cold for favorable sap flow.  On average, the season lasted approximately 28 days compared to 24 days in 2005.  Michigan and Pennsylvania had the earliest season opening date of January 1.  Michigan also had the latest sap flow in 2006 with an approximate season ending date of May 2.Sugar content of the sap for 2006 is down from last year.  On average, approximately 43 gallons of sap were required to produce one gallon of syrup.  This compares to with 40 gallons in 2005 and 42 gallons in 2004.  The majority of the syrup produced this year is of medium color.
 The    2005 U.S. average price per gallon is $29.90, up $1.50 from the 2004 price  of $28.40.  The U.S. value of production, at $37.1 million for 2005, is down  13 percent from 2004.   The average price per gallon increased in all States except Connecticut and  Michigan.


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

State

Production

Average price

per gallon

Value of production

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2004

2005

 

1,000 gallons

Dollars

1,000 dollars

               

   CT

     11

     10

     10

51.70

50.00

     569

     500

   ME

   290

   265

   300

19.40

21.50

  5,626

  5,698

   MA

     50

     40

     40

46.30

51.20

  2,315

  2,048

   MI

     80

     58

     78

38.00

36.00

  3,040

  2,088

   NH

     83

     57

     64

35.40

41.30

  2,938

  2,354

   NY

   255

   222

   253

28.20

31.70

  7,191

  7,037

   OH

     78

     69

     78

32.00

36.00

  2,496

  2,484

   PA

     60

     61

     66

29.00

31.50

  1,740

  1,922

   VT

   500

   410

   460

27.30

27.80

13,650

11,398

   WI

   100

     50

   100

32.30

32.40

  3,230

  1,620

               

   U.S.

1,507

1,242

1,449

28.40

29.90

42,795

37,149

               

1/   Price and value for 2004 are revised. Price and value for 2006 available June 2007.