Wisconsin produces most maple syrup since 1992

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin's maple syrup producers are having a great year.

A report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm says the state's farmers produced five times as much maple syrup this year as last year and the most since it began keeping track in 1992.

The USDA says Wisconsin produced 265,000 gallons of maple syrup this year.

Last year's season was cut short by early warm weather.

The USDA says sugar content was higher this year too, so only 34 gallons of sap were needed to make a gallon of syrup, compared to 44 gallons last year.

The agency reported last week that syrup production nationally hit a record 3.2 million gallons this year.

Vermont is the top maple syrup producer, followed by New York, Maine and Wisconsin.

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