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MAPLE REPORT
JUNE 2008

Released: June 2008

NEW YORK MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION UP 44 PERCENT

New York maple syrup 2008 production increased 44 percent from last year’s production.  Syrup production is estimated at 322,000 gallons, up from the 224,000 gallons produced in 2007.  Only Vermont produced more syrup than New York.  The number of taps, 1.48 million, increased slightly from last year. Syrup produced per tap averaged 0.218 gallons, up from 0.152 gallons in 2007.  The final value of the 2007 crop is $7.50 million, 7 percent below the previous year’s value of production.  However, the overall price was $33.50, an increase of 6 percent from last year’s price.

Sugar content this year was high across the State and sap quality was excellent.  Medium syrup accounted for 46 percent of production, with 42 percent light and 12 percent dark.  Producers in the North Country reported a below average season with extended cold weather followed by a quick warm up.  Elsewhere around the state, producers experienced outstanding weather and good sap flow.

MAPLE SYRUP:   Production and Value, New York, 2003-2008

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.

                 

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

31.70

8,020

2007

224

Mar.

 11

      Apr.

  9

46

33.50

7,504

2008

322

Mar.

   8

Apr.

  8

40

    2/

    2/

             

1/   Includes syrup later made into sugar. 
2/   Available June 2009.



NEW YORK MAPLE SYRUP PRICES - 2006-2007 CROP

The final average value of the 2007 maple syrup crop in New York was $33.50 per gallon equivalent for all sales. This was $1.80 per gallon equivalent more than the average for the 2006 crop. The percentage of syrup sold wholesale and bulk decreased slightly from 2006, and the percent of retail increased from 2006.

 

MAPLE SYRUP:  Price by Type of Sales and Size of Container, New York, 2006-2007

Type and
State

Gallons

˝ Gallon

Quarts

Pints

˝ Pint

2006

2007

2006

2007

2006

2007

2006

2007

2006

2007

 

Dollars

Dollars

Dollars

Dollars

Dollars

Retail

32.90

34.10

19.10

19.80

11.40

12.00

7.00

7.80

4.40

4.80

Wholesale

27.70

30.60

16.30

17.60

  8.70

10.60

5.40

5.95

3.60

3.70

         
 

Bulk All Grades

Bulk All Grades

All Sales

2006

2007

2006

2007

2006

2007

 

Dollars per pound

Dollars per gallon

Equivalent per gallon

Bulk

1.80

2.05

19.90

22.60

31.70

33.50

             



MAPLE SYRUP:
  Percent Sold by Type of Sale, New York, 2004-2007

Type of sale

Percent

2004

2005

2006

2007

         

   Retail

50

45

40

46

   Wholesale

19

22

20

16

   Bulk

31

33

40

38

         

U.S. MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION UP 30 PERCENT

The 2008 U.S. maple syrup production totaled 1.64 million gallons, up 30 percent from 2007. The number of taps is estimated at 7.46 million, up 2 percent from the 2007 total of 7.29 million, while the yield per tap is estimated to be 0.219 gallons, up 27 percent from the previous season.

 

Vermont led all States in production with 500,000 gallons, an increase of 11 percent from 2007.  Production in New York, at 322,000 gallons, increased 44 percent from last season.  Production in Maine, at 215,000 gallons, is 4 percent below 2007.  Production is up 57 percent in Ohio, 67 percent in Michigan, 86 percent in Pennsylvania , and 83 percent in Massachusetts.  Production also increased in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.  Yields increased in all states except Maine, contributing to the increase in production. 

Temperatures were reported to be mostly favorable for sap flow except in Maine and Vermont.  On average, the season lasted 30 days compared with 27 days last year.  The earliest sap flow reported was January 5 in New York, and the latest sap flow was May 10 in Wisconsin. 

The sugar content of the sap for 2008 was up from the previous year.  On average, approximately 39 gallons of sap were required to produce one gallon of syrup.  This compares with 45 gallons in 2007 and 44 gallons in 2006.  The majority of the syrup produced in each State this year was light to medium color.

 

The 2007 U.S. average price per gallon was $33.20, up $1.90 from the 2006 price of $31.30. The U.S. value of production, at $41.7 million for 2007 was down 8 percent from 2006. Value of production decreased in all States except Ohio.

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

  Price and value for 2006 are revised. Price and value for 2008 available June 2009.

State

Production

Average price per gallon

Value of production

2006

2007

2008

2006

2007

2006

2007

   

1,000 gallons

 

Dollars

1,000 dollars

               

   CT

     10

       8

     15

58.20

53.90

582

     431

   ME

   300

   225

   215

24.30

30.10

7,290

  6,773

   MA

     40

     30

     55

47.90

46.10

1,916

  1,383

   MI

     78

     60

   100

37.00

41.60

2,886

  2,496

   NH

     64

     60

     85

43.90

46.80

2,810

  2,808

   NY

   253

   224

   322

31.70

33.50

8,020

  7,504

   OH

     78

    75

   118

34.00

39.00

2,652

  2,925

   PA

     66

    51

     95

32.50

31.60

2,145

  1,612

   VT

   460

   450

   500

30.20

29.10

13,892

13,095

   WI

   100

    75

   130

31.20

35.70

3,120

  2,678

               

   U.S.

1,449

1,258

1,635

31.30

33.20

45,313

41,705