Indiana maple syrup-producers reporting slow sap production

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A late start to the sap production season likely will cause maple syrup to be in short supply in Indiana and other parts of the Midwest.

The South Bend Tribune reports many maple syrup-producers believe cold weather in February is to blame for the low sap production.

They say trees still aren’t producing sap at a normal rate now that temperatures are beginning to climb.

Larry Yoder of Goshen says his family has tapped maple trees for more than a century.

Yoder estimates the amount of sap his 225 trees have produced is down about 80 percent, the lowest he can recall in about 70 years.

Tom Cook of Niles says he’s collected about half of much sap as he usually has around this time in the season. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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