Bruce Bascom, owner of Bascom Maple Farm in Alstead, which sells equipment from Leader and a Canadian manufacturer, said he would have seen an increase in equipment sales this season if the weather had been milder.
But they equaled last year's sales, which he
said were strong.
"Overall the systems are getting more efficient," he
said."Fifteen years ago, you could get a gallon of syrup out of four or five trees.With newer setups, you can get a gallon out of two or three trees."
Richard Uncles, supervisor of New Hampshire's bureau of markets
, said many of the state's large producers are using modernized equipment because labor is hard to find and the new tools can keep trees healthy.For example, he
estimates that 30 percent of New Hampshire's 200 to 250 producers are using reverse osmosis machines, up from one producer 20 years ago.