Officials: Weather, more taps behind syrup boost

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - By LISA RATHKE Associated Press

Buoyed by good weather and new technology, the Baird Farm in North Chittenden, Vt., this year produced the most maple syrup it's ever made - more than 3,100 gallons. And the farm is not alone.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. maple production jumped 43 percent from 2010, a mediocre year.

Vermont continues to be the leader with 1.14 million gallons, which is the first time the state has exceeded 1 million gallons since the 1940s.

Officials say good weather, increased demand for syrup and expanded maple production is the reason for the surge. The number of taps placed in maple trees increased 5 percent in Vermont, nearly 6 percent in New York and 8 percent in Pennsylvania this year.

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