Warm winter harming maple syrup crop

Good maple syrup needs warm days and cold nights. The warm nights in Ohio recently have harmed the maple syrup production. (WSYX/WTTE)

Mike Roth has been in the maple sugaring business for a long time.

But the past two winters have placed a lot of uncertainty on the normally six-week maple syrup season.

"We got a pretty good harvest after that last freeze in fact, we collected a record amount of sap the first time out," he said.

They had a great start to the season but they're not sure if it will be cut short again like it was last year, because we didn't get enough nights with freezing temperatures. A look at the extended forecast, which includes temperatures in the 60s, has Roth concerned for this season.

"What happens is the sap turns bad it's not that it stops flowing. It starts turning punky and it won't make good syrup," he said.

Maple sugaring season usually goes until the beginning of March. Stratford Ecological Center will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4. They say they will have enough syrup for the breakfast but are not sure with a mild end to February how many leftovers they will have.

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