This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is talking maple syrup with David Campbell of Mapleland Farms in Salem, New York. Tune in to hear Erin and David discuss how this year’s weird weather has affected maple sap yield in the Northeast. Also, hear about some of the new technologies involved with sap extraction, such as vacuum systems and reverse osmosis machines. Erin and David also talk about what can go wrong in the syrup-making process, the different types of fuels used for cooking syrup, and syrup’s shelf life. This episode has been brought to you by Whole Foods.

“Any producer that wants to be in it for any length of time isn’t going to overtap their trees because they want them to stay healthy and produce for a long time. It takes about 40 years for a tree to get large enough where we even start tapping it, and it will live for 150 to 200 years easily.” — David Campbell on The Farm Report