Local maple syrup producers hope to tap into sweet season after bitter winter

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CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) -- Now that spring has finally sprung, it's time for maple syrup making in western Wisconsin.

But will all the snow from old man winter impact us?

When WEAU 13 News went to the Roth Sugarbush outside Cadott last March, there wasn’t a snowflake in sight.

“75-80 degrees in March, we mowed the lawn last year,” said Roth.

But now the owner said in some spots on his maple tree farm, the snow comes up to your waist.

“It's set up to be a good year as long as it doesn't turn warm real quick it should be a fine year for syrup,” Roth said.

The syrup producer said current conditions are ideal for the sap to run from his 7,000 maple trees.

“You need 45-50 during the day, a nice sun is good, no wind. And a frost at night, 25 at night will be perfect,” Roth said.

Once the sap is collected it's boiled down to make the tasty topping.
“It takes 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup,” Roth said.

It could only take a couple days for the sap to be drawn for a tree, be made into maple syrup and end up on your breakfast table.

While the tumultuous weather can wreak havoc on prices, they are mostly controlled by our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada.

“They produce 90% of the syrup in the world. What happens there dictates what happens in the grocery chains and what the price of syrup is,” Roth said.

Last year maple syrup makers had to depend on a surplus to get by.

So a good harvest this year is critical to avoid a sticky situation.

“It's the first crop of the year, so you don't really know. If we don't get right weather we don't make syrup. It's pretty much dictated by Mother Nature,” Roth said.

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