Cold weather helps N. Ind. maple syrup producers

NEW PARIS, Ind. - Maple syrup producers in northern Indiana say they are having one of their best years in recent memory because of the unusually cold weather in March.

Richard Snider tells The Elkhart Truth that nights are cold enough for the sap to freeze, and the days have been warm enough allow the sap to run again. Experts say syrup flows best in conditions where daytime highs hit the low 40s and overnight lows are in the 20s.

Snider says he started tapping maple syrup a week earlier than usual this year, and then extended production another week because of the temperatures.

Silas Beachler, of Beachler Sugar Bush in Sidney, Ind., says had also has had a good season, saying he nearly doubled his production from last year.
 

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