While Maple syrup harvest takes place in the winter months, it is June when USDA releases its final annual crop production forecast for this product.  And according to Lance Honig with NASS, this year's production forecast is on for the record books.

"A record number of taps, record yield and record production."

As production forecast totals are up with, "more than five million gallons produced this season, that's up 35% from what was produced last year."

Honig added the increase production is also reflected in state maple syrup production forecast.

"Increases from last year in all producing States except for Pennsylvania."

With the largest Maple syrup producing state, Vermont, forecasting an 800 gallon production increase from the previous year.  Honig also noted a returned to an average season length for most Maple syrup producing states, after a shorter season the prior year.

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