Science Has A New, Cheaper And Spectacularly Creepy Method Of Making Maple Syrup

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1 Comment to Science Has A New, Cheaper And Spectacularly Creepy Method Of Making Maple Syrup

  1. Ryan Gardner

    The crown removal method of gathering sap is not necessarily more effective – the saplings produce very little sap compared to a larger tree – but they also take up very little space.

    The sapling method they estimate will have roughly the same production costs as the current methods but it will require less land and take less time to develop the resource. A mature maple stand can take 30 to 40 years before it can be used in maple syrup production, but a plantation of maple saplings could take much less time.

    There is a lot more labor involved in cutting and capping tons of sapplings than thrre is in dealing with mature trees. Plus the process is still at the mercy of the weather, so in years like this year you might be at a bit disadvantage with a plantation since you have higher fixed costs but a lower return.

    The devices necessary to actually harvest the sap this way are also not going to be available for a couple of years.

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