Maple products, 2018
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A cold, harsh winter and a short spring in many parts of the country drove down maple syrup production in Canada in 2018. The harvest fell 21.7% from 2017 to 9.8 million gallons in 2018—the lowest level of production since 2015.
Production was down in every maple-producing province except Ontario and Nova Scotia. Ontario production rose 9.4% to 465,000 gallons, the highest production in the province since 2011, due to a longer season. Nova Scotia produced 55,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2018, 12,000 gallons more than in 2017 when production was low due to unfavourable weather conditions.
Quebec produced 8.9 million gallons of maple syrup in 2018, down 22.4% from the previous year. In New Brunswick, production fell 34.5% to 361,000 gallons over the same period. In Quebec, production was hurt by unusually late snow and cold, while the decrease in New Brunswick was the result of a long and severe winter followed by a short spring.
The total value of maple products decreased 22.2% from 2017 to $384.4 million in 2018, mainly the result of decreased production. The price of syrup was relatively unchanged at $39.24/gallon, compared with $39.49/gallon in 2017.
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