Unseasonably warm winter in 2012 affects Michigan sap crop

BELLEVUE, Mich. — Early spring-like weather last winter caused a problem for Michigan's maple syrup business.

Larry Haigh of Haigh's Maple Syrup and Supplies calls 2012 the roughest year for sap production this century.

He says it wiped out about half of his usual sap.

He just finished tapping the 600 trees on his land. The sap will drain until the trees bud.

He is doing everything he can to improve his results this season.

"It's an important part of farming and the Michigan agricultural community and economy," said Haigh.

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