Last year's unseasonably warm weather took a toll on the state's maple-syrup crop, but the cooler conditions this year have improved the 2013 outlook significantly.

Syrup flows best in conditions where daytime highs hit the low 40s and overnight lows are in the 20s. Last year temperatures got into the high 60s in March, which caused sap to stop flowing.

But producers say this year's temperatures are just right, and they're hoping production will return to normal levels.

The sap-collecting season generally runs from about March 15 to April 15.

Corey Grape owns Grape Sugar Bush in Holcombe. He tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram he hopes to manufacture 200 gallons of syrup this year. Last year his company managed only 15 gallons.

He said the long-term forecast is looking good.