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Warm Winter Helping Make Maple Syrup
Updated May 5, 2013 1:06 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(UNDATED) - The warm weather we're having is offering a sweet surprise for those in Indiana who produce maple syrup for a living.

It's syrup season and at the Rutherford Sugar Camp they're already cooking up a storm.

They have tapped about 1,800 sugar and black maple trees, two weeks earlier than usual.

Owner Dave Hamilton is among Indiana maple syrup producers who feared a mild winter would mean a poor harvest.

He added since the ground wasn't frozen at all producers were concerned about the sugar content. But instead producers are boiling up the breakfast favorite at a faster rate this year and sooner than usual.

So far, Hamilton has been able to keep up with the high demands of his homemade syrup. He is hoping he weather will hold. Producers need the nights to be around 25 degrees and 45 degrees during the day. It takes 43 gallons of sap jut to get one gallon of syrup. The

Rutherford Sugar Camp has been in business more than 100 years. The methods have changed but they still rely on mother nature. This year, her sweet nature will mean more Indiana maple syrup to savor.

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