The Ohio State University Extension
Melvin R. Koelling, Ph.D.
Ohio State University Extension,
Copyright 1996, The Ohio State University
For more than three decades, maple producers have depended on and have been well-served by the Maple Sirup Producers Manual, written first by C. O. Willits1 and then by C.O. Willits and Claude H. Hills2. During that time, there have been many changes in the maple industry including changes in technology, in maple markets and marketing strategies, and even in the character of maple producers. In the early 1990s the North American Maple Council recognized the need for an updated manual and appointed a committee to oversee its preparation. That committee was composed of Mr. Clarence Coons, Mr. Russell M. Davenport, Dr. Mariafranca Morselli, Mr. Roger Sage, and Mr. Fred E. Winch, Jr. Mr. Russell Davenport served as committee chairperson and provided persistent and effective leadership throughout the manual's development. Committee members provided valuable council, review and oversight.
|1 Willtis, C.O. 1958. Maple Sirup Producers Manual. USDA Hdbk. No. 134.|
1 Willtis, C.O. 1963. Maple Sirup Producers Manual. USDA Hdbk. No. 134.
1 Willtis, C.O. 1965. Maple Sirup Producers Manual. USDA Hdbk. No. 134.
2 Willtis, C.O. and Hills, Claude H. 1976. Maple Sirup Producers Manual. USDA Hdbk. No. 134.
This manual was developed by inviting leaders from within the maple industry to author chapters or portions of chapters addressing important aspects of maple products production and marketing. That material, along with current research and experience, formed the basis from which the eleven chapters and two appendixes in this manual were developed. Contributing authors for each of the chapters were as follows:
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Chapter 1. Introduction
Dr. Melvin R. Koelling, Professor of Forestry, Michigan State University
Russell Davenport, Massachusetts Maple Producer
Chapter 2. History of Maple Syrup and Sugar Production
Chapter 3. The Maple Resource
Chapter 4. Planning a Maple Syrup Operation
Chapter 5. Managing Maple Trees for Sap Production
Chapter 6. Maple Sap Production - Tapping, Collection and Storage
Chapter 7. Maple Syrup Production
Chapter 8. Syrup Filtration, Grading, Packing and Handling
Chapter 9. Other Maple Products
Chapter 10. Marketing Maple Syrup
Chapter 11. Economics Of Maple Syrup Production
Appendix 1. Maple Production and Processing Facilities
Appendix 2. Maple Chemistry and Quality
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