Experts say the effects of climate change in the next 50 years could severely hurt Vermont’s maple syrup producers, while helping dairy farmers thrive.
The outbreak can kill trees, meaning some lost output for sugarmakers or reduced value for timber producers. However, “the forest will bounce back from this,” says a state expert.
Saplings are ready to harvest in seven years, while mature trees take four decades to tap.
A recent study shows that climate change most likely will shorten the maple syrup season and shift syrup production northward by the end of the 21st century.