We are excited to have a new maple shop up and running on the Woodland Stewards website. The new shop gives us a few new features to track orders and supplies a bit better. The 2021 syrup run is all bottled and waiting on your orders as the Holiday season approaches. We have 1/2 pint glass bottles available in addition to pint, quart, half gallon, and gallon (gallons by request only) available in jugs.
I am happy to report that syrup sales placed 2 part-time students and a full-time recent graduate in the field throughout last winter’s sugaring season. From both a production standpoint (how the maple syrup is produced and hands-on learning of that process) and research standpoint (how to ask good research questions and how to set up experiments to get answers), each student had an incredible enriching experience thanks to your support of the program.
Our very own Les Ober recently published a new fact sheet entitled “A Consumer’s Guide to Pure Maple Syrup.” This promises to be an excellent resource to share with buyer’s asking about the difference between Golden Delicate and Dark Robust syrup grades and so much more.
Registration is open for a Maple Certification course offered by Future Generations University, one of our principal collaborating institutions. Designed for central Appalachian sugarmakers, the course is a combination of online trainings followed by mentored in-field experiences throughout the sugaring season. Visit the link for more information and sign-up! The first online class begins Monday, November 8th.
University of Vermont is offering two online short courses for current and prospective maple producers this fall. Each course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to assignments that get participants completing real time analysis and making immediate decisions to enhance their business. Mark Cannella, Extension Associate Professor, will instruct both courses. Registration is now open!
Maple Business Planning This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Register Here for Maple Business Planning. Course Dates: 7:00 – 8:30 EST pm EST on Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16.
Maple Financial Planning This four-session course guides participants through the basics of financial statements and financial planning concepts. Topics included cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and calculating cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business. Register Here for Maple Financial Planning. Course Dates: 7:00 – 8:30 EST pm EST on Thursdays: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18.
Join us Saturday, December 11th for a day of all things maple! We will highlight research from Ohio State’s two ACER research grants and introduce you to some of our research partners from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Spotted lanternfly is now in Ohio so learn its impacts and how producers can help. We will also talk about how to improve your public events at the sugarbush, and a presentation on a new opportunity for selling bulk syrup. The program runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with registration opening at 8:30.
The full slate of presentations is as follows:
Ohio’s ACER Grants
Ohio Maple Producer Survey – Sayeed Mehmood, Ohio State University
Reds, Silvers, Rilvers and Sugars – Gabe Karns, Ohio State University,
Spotted Lanternfly in Ohio: How Maple Producers Can Help – Amy Stone, OSU Extension
Forest Management Planning – Kathy Smith, Ohio State University
Is Agritourism in Your Future? – Rob Leeds, Ohio State University Extension
Authentic Appalachia – Mike Rechlin, Future Generations University
Tapping Red Maple – Abby van den Berg, University of Vermont, Proctor Maple Research Center
The 2021 International Fall into Maple Tour is scheduled for October 8-17. On Saturday, October 9th, you have a great chance to visit with members of the Ohio State Maple team at Ohio State Mansfield between 10 AM-6 PM. Visitors will be able to tour the research sugarbush, purchase OSU maple syrup, and see some new maple educational materials that we are excited to debut. From 10 AM-noon, we will be serving a pancake breakfast to tailgate for the Ohio State versus Maryland football game that starts at noon. Look for the event tent in the Ohio State Mansfield parking lot #8 and come see us.
From a broader perspective, this is a great chance to remind producers that we will addressing the spotted lanternfly issue directly at the December 11th Ohio Maple Days event in Ashland. And not just talking about spotted lanternfly either – rather, the focus will be to equip Ohio’s maple producers to be trained early detectors of this nasty forest invasive insect pest that poses a very real threat to maples and other native Ohio trees.
Past posts and webinars are also available on spotted lanternfly:
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!!