Maine sugarmakers say warm March means poor season

Posted March 23, 2010, at 8:20 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Some of Maine’s maple sugar makers say the warm March weather is threatening to end the season early.

And the warm weather is could force of some the 75 Maine sugarhouses planning to participate in Maine Maple Sunday this weekend to boil water rather than sap. The event is designed to give visitors a taste of the sugar-making process.

Sugarmaker Bill Symonds tells WGME-TV the warm days without cold nights has prevented the sap from running, all but killing the season. He says he thinks sugar making in southern Maine is probably over for the year.

Sugarmaker Peter Bolduc says production is down by two-thirds this year.