SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maple syrup producers are hoping for a good year of production following one of the worst seasons ever.
Unseasonably warm weather last March cut the 2012 maple syrup season short for almost all of the roughly 350 licensed producers in Maine. James Smith with Smith Brothers Maple Farm in Skowhegan was one of those affected. His operation produced half as much syrup as it normally does.
"Last year was one of the worst seasons we ever we ever had. It was very bad," said Smith.
The Skowhegan operation boils as much as 500 gallons during a good year. Something that could happen this seasonaccording to maple syrup expert, Kathy Hopkins, with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
"You need the right temperature at night and again during the day and so far it seems like the weather will perform this year," said Hopkins.
In addition to the season, several maple syrup farmers are gearing up for the 30th Maine Maple Sunday that will take place on March 24th allowing the public to visitparticipating farms and see how syrup is produced.