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Tapping sugar trees looked a little different in the 70s


Kurt Lanzone

Purdue Ag and Natural Resources Educator Parke County

Maple Sugaring Season

With this early spring weather, I can almost smell the steam rising off evaporators across Parke County’s landscape.  Indiana was once known as a leader in the sugaring industry long before sugar beets, or even corn syrup took over for more economical production.  Towering groves of old growth forests that were heavily populated with hard maple trees dominated the Indiana landscape.  Parke County was no stranger to the vast resources of these trees covering the landscape.

For the full article, see this week’s edition of the Parke County Sentinel.

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