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USDA: Wisconsin's spring maple syrup harvest biggest in two decades

MADISON, WI (WTAQ0 - Wisconsin’s maple syrup harvest for this spring is the biggest in at least 21 years.

The USDA said Monday that the Badger State made 265,000 gallons of syrup this year. That’s five times as much as a year ago, when an early spring cut the sap season short.

Officials said this year’s sugar content was up. Only 34 gallons of sap were needed to make a gallon of maple syrup. That’s down from 44 gallons a year ago.

Wisconsin is the nation’s 4th-largest syrup producer. Vermont is Number 1, followed by New York State and Maine.