June 12, 2013
U.S. maple syrup production soared to a record 3.2 million gallons this year, boosted by good weather and a high number of syrup taps in use.
The Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that the 2013 production jumped 70 percent over 2012, when production was limited by warm temperatures. The previous record of 2.8 million gallons was set in 2011.
Vermont, as usual, was the top producer, with more than 1.3 million gallons. New York was second with 574,000 gallons, and Maine sugarhouses produced 450,000 gallons.
The value of syrup won't be released until next year, but officials say this spring's good weather resulted in high-quality syrup.
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