Bryan Droscha and his family from Mason have been producing maple syrup in the Mason area for more than a century.  Droscha put in 3,000 taps this past weekend.

Like other maple syrup producers, Droscha had to decide on the best time to tap his trees.  Do it too early and you could miss the best flows if conditions are better later.

Wait too long and you could miss the best sap.  Once trees start budding, the quality of the sap declines.

There's even more uncertainty this year, given the unusually warm winter.  If temperatures continue to run above normal.  It could be a short season.  Here's more from the Lansing State Journal.