St. Lawrence County Maple Expo set for Jan. 27
GOUVERNEUR -- Whether or not a woodlot owner or maple producer had forest tent caterpillar damage in 2017, the St. Lawrence County Maple Expo held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Gouverneur High School can help answer questions about FTC projections, treatment thresholds, and other considerations.
The expo will also cover numerous other topics including Cornell Maple Research Update, maple tubing systems, regenerating a sugarbush, marketing, and others.Maple producers in FTC-affected areas should expect sap-sugar concentrations to be a fraction of a percent, in contrast to normal concentrations between 2 and 3 percent. According to Cornell Extension Forester Peter Smallidge, operators with reverse-osmosis capability may still get a substantial crop in 2018. Many small producers with FTC damage, however, are opting not to harvest sap this season, partly for financial reasons, but also to spare their maples further stress.