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Maple syrup producers struggle following harsh winter

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Maple syrup producers said this past winter could affect them. (WFSB photo) Maple syrup producers said this past winter could affect them. (WFSB photo)

Maple syrup producers in Connecticut said the past winter could affect production this year.

The state's syrup season typically starts in January.

"It's been so cold," said Bob Lamothe of the Sugar House in Burlington. "We haven't had any thawing."

Lamothe said the frigid temperatures have prevented the sap from flowing. He said it's something that's very unusual.

"What we really need is nights that get down around 22 degrees, days that would warm up around 42 degrees by noon," he explained. "Then we'd probably get a run."

Lamothe said he needs at least 16 good runs through March to reach his average for the season.

However, now the other end of the weather spectrum, the heat, could put a stop to that.

"If we have this long period of warming up, and it just stays above freezing, that's going to be detrimental to us," Lamothe said. "It would have a very significant impact on our business, and all the maple producers in the state of Connecticut."

However, if it stays cold enough into mid-April, Lamothe said he might be able to make up some ground.

"We may make some light syrup in the beginning," he said. "And with this cold weather, we're bound to get some, definitely some golden syrup."

Experts said it's still too early to tell how the weather will impact this season's supply.

"We'll have to wait and see," said Lamothe.

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