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Wis. maple syrup farmers hoping for strong season

The busy season of a major Wisconsin industry is getting ready to begin.

Many farmers across the state are starting to tap their trees for maple syrup. These producers are hoping to recover from last year. One of their worst in recent history.

"It's been fairly cold, good snow cover," said Jim Adamski, Adamski's Sugar Bush Owner. "The weather conditions are shaping up to be a pretty good season."

Adamski tapped his trees a few weeks ago, but is still waiting for warmer weather, to get the sap flowing.

He says last year he was only able to produce 30% of his crop.

"It was pretty poor," said Adamski. "It was the worst production year we've ever seen since we've been in it."

But he says others had it much worse.

"We kind of got plagued by a lot of things last year," said Adamski. "Too warm too quick, not enough freezing nights."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced 50,000 gallons of maple syrup last year. That's down 68 percent from the 155,000 gallons produced in 2011.

With 2012 behind them, Adamski and other producers hope for better weather this spring.

"A nice slow spring warm up is good for us," said Adamski. "It will hold our snow cover. We like to see low temperatures in the mid 20s, highs in the mid 40s for ideal sap flow conditions."

Ideal conditions for making plenty of pure Wisconsin maple syrup.

For more information on Adamski's Sugar Bush, call the business at 715-623-6853.

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