New Device Could Aid Maine’s Maple Production 

A new gadget could help some maple syrup producers extend their season.The device is called a Check Valve Adaptor. It was developed by maple researchers at the University of Vermont. The adaptor limits the amount of naturally-occurring bacteria that gets back into the tree, causing the tap hole to close.It was tested by some syrup makers in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire last year with some success.That’s with a year in which production was down because of warm weather and a short sap run.