MONTPELIER, VT. >> Sugarmakers in Vermont say early March's warm weather did not have a negative impact on the sugaring season.

Matt Gordon, executive director of the Vermont Sugar Makers' Association, tells The Times Argus that sugarmakers are actually reporting significantly higher yields than last year.

Sugarmakers were initially concerned that an early start to the season would also spell an early end, but a return of cold weather has prolonged the sugaring season.

Burr Morse, owner of Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier, says his farm more than doubled his 2014 output.

Gordon says the only negative feedback he's received so far is that there's a shortage of barrels and drums to put the syrup in.

Agency of Agriculture officials say Vermont produces 1.3 million gallons of maple syrup annually.

Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/



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