NY’s Maple Season Off to Slow Start Due to Cold

ALBANY (AP) -
Ice sits at the bottom of a sap collection bucket attached to a maple tree. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
Ice sits at the bottom of a sap collection bucket attached to a maple tree. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Maple producers across New York are planning open houses the last two weekends in March, but so far the season is off to a slow start because of frigid weather.

The best weather for sap is daytime temperatures in the low 40s and nighttime lows in the 20s. This winter has been so cold that many producers say they haven’t been able to get any sap yet.