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Maple syrup producers enjoying great year in Nova Scotia

Production rose 18.7 per cent in Nova Scotia
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Stock photo from the Maple Producers of Nova Scotia.

HALIFAX - It's been a banner year for maple syrup in Nova Scotia. 

Statistics Canada data shows production of the sweet stuff rose 18.7 per cent in Nova Scotia, compared to just 4.4 per cent in New Brunswick and 6.8 per cent in Ontario. 

It's good news for the Maple Producers Association of Nova Scotia, who say 2016 and 2017 were both good years for production after harsh weather caused some low numbers in 2015. 

Kevin McCormick with the association attributes the growth to improved management practices and the use of technology like maple tubing systems and vacuums over the years. 

He said changing weather conditions though are a big problem for producers in the province now and in the future. 

"With climate change, it's really tough to think traditionally anymore," McCormick said. "You have to sort of adapt and starting tapping much earlier than normal." 

McCormick adds the last two or three seasons have seen tapping begin weeks earlier than normal. 

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