Warm winter boosts business for Indiana's maple syrup industry
NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- Warmer than usual temps this winter may be disappointing for some businesses, but it's actually turning into big bucks for Indiana’s maple syrup industry.
The Rutherford Sugar Camp is already hard at work nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. Business is definitely booming, but workers didn't expect things to be this way.
“Since the ground wasn't frozen this year at all we were concerned about the sugar content,” said Dave Hamilton. “If it gets in the 60s we're in danger because the trees will bud out.”
The camp's already tapped about 1,800 trees this season. A lot of work goes into getting that syrup.
It takes 43 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, so every drip counts.