The USDA released the estimates for the 2019 Vermont maple crop. The numbers show that Vermont produced just over 2 million gallons of syrup in 2019. This represents a nearly 50% of all the syrup produced in the US and just under 7% increase from 2018. Almost all of this increase is explained by an increase in taps between the two years. Vermont also lead the nation in terms of syrup yield per tap. Vermont's sugar makers on average gathered the equivalent of over a 1/3 of a gallon of syrup/tap in 2019. The high yield per tap is explained by a combination of ideal weather during the sugaring season, use of vacuum and producer's ability to find and repair leaks when they occur. Reports of sweeter than average sap also help explain the strength of this year's totals. Sugar makers now turn to the business of marketing their hard earned crop.