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Cold weather good for state maple-syrup producers

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Maple-syrup producers across Connecticut said the good weather could for their product. (WFSB) Maple-syrup producers across Connecticut said the good weather could for their product. (WFSB)
CANTERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

While the rest of the state hibernates indoors, maple-syrup producers across the state will be tapping trees hoping for some sap.

The deep freeze is actually good for maple syrup production. In order for the sap to run, sugar houses need cold nights and warmer days. 

At Maple Leaf Farm in Canterbury, it was so cold, the sap was not running out of the maple trees.

That wasn't good news for syrup producer Tony Denning, who was out repairing tubing that's tapped into hundreds of maple trees.

Thursday's strong wind dropped a tree and branches right on the tubing.

"It took both main lines down," Denning said.

Before the next thaw, Denning has to quickly repair his damaged collection system, which runs automatically. He said he'll boil 50,000 gallons of sap this season to produce hundreds of gallons of maple syrup.

He wasn't able to pump sap into the sugar shack for processing in January due to the warm temperatures.

"If we don't have these deep freezes my belief is you ask anybody. My belief is the colder the winter, the higher the sugar content. A warm winter, very low sugar," Denning said.

He hopes the sap will run again next week, when temperatures are expected to be in the 40s.

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