NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (March 16, 2014) Maple season is off to a slow start this year in chilly Massachusetts and many other states.
The season typically starts at the end of February, but well into March, temperatures have remained too low for the sap to drip out.
Maple experts say it's too early to tell if the late start will affect the overall season, but drastically fluctuating temperatures will be bad news.
Experts say a gradual warm-up is ideal for maple sugar production.
Last year, Massachusetts produced about 63,000 gallons of syrup, ranking ninth in maple production nationwide.
A small farm north of Boston called Turtle Lane Maple Farm was able to tap some syrup last weekend.
Owner Paul Boulanger said he'll be happy if his farm produces 60 percent of last year's total.