Climate Change Impacts on Maple Syrup Yield in Nova Scotia

Average maple syrup yield/tap, while fluctuating, has constantly been declining, which is one of major concerns to maple syrup producers in Nova Scotia. Global warming and/or climate change is suspected to contribute to this decline in the syrup yield/tap. Nevertheless, no specific studies were conducted in Nova Scotia to ascertain this hypothesis. Moreover, the industry faces the challenge of identifying the optimal start date of the sap flow that would allow maximum sap yields and consequently high economic returns.

This report was completed In conjunction with Dalhousie University and is a valuable tool for the Nova Scotia maple industry.

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