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All-new North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual Now Available

January 19, 2000


Note: As of April 1, 2010, the price of this bulletin is $31.00.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Ohio State University Extension announces the release of the all-new second edition of North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual. Written by an expert team of 20 researchers, producers and educators and dripping with practical techniques, clear explanations and science-based recommendations, it stands as a must-have resource and reference.


The first edition, published in 1996, sold more than 13,000 copies in the United States and Canada.

Chapters 1-5 look at the big picture, from the history of maple syrup production to planning an operation to managing the trees.

Chapters 6-8 cover production: from tapping, collecting and storing the sap to boiling, filtering, grading, packaging and storing the valuable syrup.

Chapters 9-11 dig into end products — not just maple syrup but maple sugar, maple cream, maple candy and more; ways to market them; the economics of production; and the facilities needed.

Chapter 13 caps the book with a vital look at safety: potential problems and how to solve them to keep both workers and customers safe.

Included are more than 150 illustrations and five appendices (equipment manufacturers and information sources, maple chemistry and quality, determining proportions when adjusting off-density syrup, identifying and eliminating undesirable flavors, and a sample sugarbush lease agreement).

North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual (Bulletin 856, 329 pages, 8.5 by 11 inches) costs $17.50 plus shipping and handling, paperback; or $25 plus shipping and handling, hardbound. Editor: The price of the paperback bulletin increased on April 1, 2010, to $31.00. The hardbound version is $45.00.

Ohio residents may contact their county OSU Extension office to order. Or anyone can order a copy at the OSU Extension online store at Search for "maple."

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Editor: A color pdf of the cover is attached to this story.

Note: This news release was updated with information on OSU Extension's e-store on Feb. 26, 2009.

Kurt Knebusch
Randy Heiligmann