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Michigan 5th in Nation for Maple Syrup Production
Michigan Ag Connection - 06/13/2019

Michigan maple syrup production was estimated at 195,000 gallons for the 2019 season, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. The 2019 production was up 30,000 gallons from the previous year. The season lasted 25 days, compared to 41 days in 2018, and 32 days in 2017.

Michigan ranked fifth in maple syrup production in 2019. Total Michigan taps were 620,000, and the syrup yield was 0.315 gallons per tap. In 2018, Michigan producers reported 39 percent of sales as retail, 28 percent wholesale, and 33 percent bulk. The average price per gallon in 2018 was $38.90, down $12.30 from 2017. Total value of production was $6.42 million, down 16 percent from the previous year.

The 2019 United States maple syrup production totaled 4.24 million gallons, up 1 percent from the revised previous year. The number of taps totaled 13.3 million, down 4 percent from the 2018 total. Yield per tap was 0.318 gallon, up 0.015 gallon from the previous season.

The earliest sap flow reported was January 5 in New York. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was March 1 in Wisconsin. On average, the season lasted 30 days, compared with 42 days in 2018. The 2018 United States average price per gallon was $33.80, up $0.70 from 2017. Value of production, at $142 million for 2018, was down 2 percent from the previous season.

Beginning in 2019, maple syrup estimates were discontinued for Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, and West Virginia.

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