Maple Producer Plans For Sweeter Future

Maple Producer Plans For Sweeter Future

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For around 20 years, Mannsville-area maple syrup producer Lawrence Rudd has been planting what are referred to as sweet trees.

These trees have been genetically engineered so they can have up to five times the amount of sugar in their sap. More sugar content increases the ability to make more syrup.

But Rudd says he doesn't plan to be the one to tap them.

"For the future generations —I have a son and blessed with grandchildren that are going to continue on with the Rudd family maple,” he said.

"These trees are going to be in the future record-breaking maple syrup making trees."

Rudd says he has around 120 of these sweet trees now and will be planting more this year.

The use of these trees is being studied by the University of Vermont.

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