Joe Boggs, Assistant Professor with OSU Extension and the Department of Entomology, is a regular contributor to Buckeye Yard & Garden onLine (BYGL for short). Last week, he released an article on maple petiole borer which can cause leaf drop on otherwise healthy maple trees. The petiole borer has a preference for sugar maples though other species are sometimes affected. Thankfully petiole borers are not a serious threat to the long-term health of infested trees, but moderate to heavy leaf drop at this time of year can certainly raise concern levels if you don’t know the root cause of the issue…now you know!!
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There is plenty to learn from this video focused on Proctor’s red maple research. How much sap is produced? How sweet is the sap? What sort of quality can be achieved with the syrup? This research has a similar set of questions to the USDA ACER grant we are working on here in Ohio comparing sugar maples to the red x silver hybrids on The Ohio State University-Mansfield campus.
Please enjoy this 1-hour presentation led by Kathy Smith, Les Ober, and Gabe Karns. This opportunity was made available through the Woodland Stewards Friday in the Woods webinar series. Nearly 150 attendees listened to a wide coverage of beginner maple topics followed by a full hour of Q & A that ranged from more technical aspects of boiling and filtering and processing syrup to more inquisitive investigations of why the freeze-thaw cycle is necessary for making sap flow and if tapped wood has any market potential as lumber.
Join our own Les Ober and Mike Rechlin to learn about maple syrup quality standards along with the ins and outs of syrup grading Thursday evening 7 PM on April 15th. Register HERE!
The Ohio Maple Madness Spring Tour is scheduled for March 6th & 7th and March 13th & 14th. The bookended Saturdays / Sundays event will be similar to the fall tour. Whatever COVID-19 protocols are issued by our governor at that time will be in place for the Spring Tour.
Anyone interested in joining the 2021 Ohio Maple Madness tour should reach out to Fred or Jen at Richards Maple ASAP. Fred’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org and Jen’s is email@example.com. You can also call Fred Ahrens 330-206-1606 to get more information and lock in your spot on the tour.
More information will be going out to OMPA members and the event will be advertised across an array of websites and social media outlets. The deadline to be listed in the printed advertisements has already passed, but there is still time to join the Tour and be listed in digital ads. The fee is $90 per stop. The cost includes OMPA membership/benefits for a year, covers IMSI/NAMSC dues for a year, and makes sure your maple operation is a part of this year’s 2021 Maple Madness Tour!
If know that you want to participate in this spring’s Maple Madness tour, reach out ASAP to Fred or Jen and have your bio, open hours, address, and any new maple recipes ready to send to the following address:
Ohio Maple Madness Tour
545 Water Street
Chardon, OH 44024
Just a friendly reminder to register for Friday’s 2021 Ohio Maple Days event. Ohio Maple Days will look different than in year’s past with remote presentations to a Zoom audience. But one thing has not nor will ever change – the high quality content you have come to expect from Ohio’s signature education event for the Buckeye State’s maple producers.
Hope to see you there!
Penn State Extension is offering free webinars to maple beginners on January 18th (noon) and January 25th (7 PM).
Topics covered will include identifying different maple tree species, proper tapping procedures, boiling the sap, and filtering the final syrup product. Registration is FREE, click here for more information.
Join us for the virtual version of Ohio Maple Days on Friday, January 15th! Due to COVID-19 restrictions Ohio Maple Days will take place all on one day and be offered virtually. The event will be recorded and available afterwards for viewing. For questions contact Dr. Gary Graham (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The registration link and more details about the agenda can be found here. We hope to see you there!