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Going rate for maple syrup taps?
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:08:04 PM »
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Re: Going rate for maple syrup taps?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 11:31:03 PM »
I don't have a clue, but have a question.
Around here they tap birch trees and make syrup. I have read that you have to harvest 90 some odd gallons of birch sap to make one gallon of syrup. Is maple similar gallon wise?
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 08:04:28 AM »
starmac - I believe it's around half that amount for maple syrup, 40-50 to 1 gallon

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Re: Going rate for maple syrup taps?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2018, 12:12:07 PM »
Reason I ask is I let my neighbor pipeline a 5 acre section of hardwoods.  I got a check totaling $150 for $.40/tap.  Now Iíve got ash trees accumulating on the ground worth $100 - $200 per tree in firewood that I canít get to because of the lines.  Clearly I didnít think this through LOL

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Re: Going rate for maple syrup taps?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2018, 10:48:44 AM »
In this area, if you tap maples on State owned land, the cost is $.25/tap, the last I knew!

If you want to cut Ash trees and the pipeline is in the way, wait until after sugaring season and take the line apart, fall and skid your trees out, then reconnect the lines!
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Re: Going rate for maple syrup taps?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2018, 09:23:44 PM »
If you want to cut Ash trees and the pipeline is in the way, wait until after sugaring season and take the line apart, fall and skid your trees out, then reconnect the lines!
Yeah but for the $150 Iím getting itís a bit of a joke that I should have to fight those lines.  $150?  Thatís like two trees.  The things you do for neighbors

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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 07:51:05 AM »
So lots of factors can be written into a lease and affect the price. Ease of access, power availability, tap density, local competition, so on so forth. In some areas of Vermont where there is alot of competition you could see over $1.50-2 per tap. Typically I'd say we average $.75-1 per tap.

That's a pretty small woods as far as tubing goes, I'd work with them and see if they'd take it down so you could harvest some timber. If they won't, well, set your price high enough to be worthwhile for YOU and they'll either pony up or get out of there. There should also be a provision in the contract for cleanup. So if they decide to pull out they don't just leave everything up and a big mess.

I'm a sugarmaker, and 90% of our taps are leased. You have to treat the landowners right, sometimes it means going the extra mile or paying to play.
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