Unseasonable Weather Takes Bite Out Of N.H.'s Maple Syrup Industry

Mar 17, 2016

Tapped trees in N.H.

Warm weather has negatively impacted one of New Hampshire's traditional agricultural industries by cutting into profits across the board.

Robyn Pearl, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, tells The Eagle Tribune that this year was the earliest start and possibly the earliest end to the maple sugar production season.

Officials say maple sugaring brings in an estimated $25 million in annual revenue for the state's 800 producers. Pearl says around 150,000 gallons are made each year.

Sugarhouse at Morningstar Farm's Christopher Hicks says sugar maple trees are beginning to bud earlier than usual due to the warm weather. He says when the trees are budding, the season ends.

Hicks says his operation has made about a third of their usual business thanks to the season's early conclusion.