Michael Farrell, director of Cornell’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station in Lake Placid, explains that birch and walnut trees in the eastern United States can be tapped for syrup production, providing a significant opportunity for a new valuable forestry crop. Birch syrup is especially well suited for maple syrup producers because birch sap begins to flow right when maple sap flow ends in April. Syrup producers can use the same equipment to produce more syrup when maple syrup production is low, like it was last year.

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