"I don't remember a year that was that bad" says Jim parker, who has been tapping maple trees for over twenty years and Jim says last year was the worst he's ever seen.
Parker says, "The season abruptly to all the trees went to bud because of the high temperature and everybody, if they didn't have their taps in early, they didn't have a season at all."
However, this year Central New York saw a much more customary winter is giving hope to maple syrup farmers across the region.
Jim says, "Based on what I've seen, we're going to have a very good year. I pray for cold freezing weather, which wouldn't make most people happy but, the maple syrup people you've got to have...If this keeps getting warmer and warmer our season ends."
Jim says, currently New York State only taps about 1% of their maple trees but our neighbor Vermont taps nearly 22%. If the new farm bill is passed it will bring incentives to create more maple syrup farmers like Jim.
Jim added, "Here we have probably 200 times as many trees untapped. So, quite a few of the political people are starting to realize this could be a major business for New York State, it's an undeveloped forgotten business."