It felt like spring, but Hank Peterson didn't feel like celebrating.

Most other maple sugar producers around New Hampshire probably weren't enjoying the warm weather either.

The sap was running, but the recent warm weather wasn't helping maple syrup production.

It's takes a combination of cold winter nights and warm days to get the sap flowing.

But 60 degrees in early March?

"It's too warm," said Peterson, owner of Peterson's Sugar House in Londonderry.

"That's really going to hurt."

Although 2011 was a record-breaking year for syrup production across the state, with 125,000 gallons made statewide, Peterson said this could be the worst he's seen in 30 years of sugaring.

"If we don't get any cold weather, we are only going to get 50 percent of the product," he said. "It's about 25 percent of what it was this time last year. I've never seen it this poor."

Peterson said he usually produces about 125 gallons a season, charging $55 a gallon.

Other Southern New Hampshire syrup producers are anxious as well, though it's too soon to gauge the rest of the season, according to Robyn Pearl, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association.

"It's kind of hard to say what kind of season it's going to be," Pearl said.

Warm weather causes maple trees to bud, terminating sap production.

It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of maple syrup.

The season usually concludes in early April.

Maple sugaring is a $5 million-a-year industry for the state, Pearl said.

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