Syrup Production Down 

Maine maple syrup production fell this year even as the output nationally rose by 30 percent.

According to the New England Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. syrup production for 2008 was more than 1.6 million gallons.

Vermont as usual was the Number One state with 500,000 gallons, an increase of 11 percent. New York was next with 322,000 gallons, up 44 percent from last year.

Maine, which had held the Number Two spot, ended up with 215,000 gallons.

That’s down four percent from 2007.

Maine was the only state to experience a decline in production, with fewer taps in place and a small reduction in yield per tap.