2017 Ginseng Prices – Diggers and Dealers Information

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2017 Ginseng Prices

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AR (current as of 091717)

2017 Green Ginseng Prices:

$135/pound 2 inch + necks and/or 2+ oz.
$115/pound average size well dug.
$75/pound small/broken/gouged.

KY, WV, VA, TN area update (082417):

Wild Ginseng Prices Estimated For 2017 by Billy Taylor – Estimate means most likely not written in stone.

Ok everyone I have talked to my buyers. It appears to be a little better than last year from the start. So here is my opinion of ginseng prices for this year. Most likely fresh will start around $128.oo a lb and end up around $196.00 lb for good quality and well dug.

Here at my place the price will be good for you from day one on fresh if you dig and handle correctly. All of you that know and deal with me know what I am talking about. The price I quote can be stronger. If you want a good price then dig and presnt your roots the way they should be. Correct age and Undamaged is key in a good buyer/digger relationship with me and my representitives.

Most likely dry will open at or around $400.00+ a lb and will end up around $575.oo+ and again the way you dig and handle is key to getting a good price at a better average than last year thank the Lord.

Ask your buyer to make sure, but we want our fresh ginseng unwashed and our dried ginseng washed. So if you sell to me or any of my representitives this is the way.

This price estimation is for Taylors. This is for the Ky Va Tn Wv area we do not relate our prices to high end zone areas like New York or any other areas where the foreign buyers think the ginseng is better and of greater value. Markets depend from state to state on what they think whether it is true or not and a lot of it is plain malarky <————– not sure that is a word, but there the buyers. Also in lower end zones dont exspect you buyers to be as high as I am because they cant get the price that I get here the same as I cant get what New York gets etc…Some zones will be $325 – $500 tops and $96 -$160 it depends on where you live and dig.

The price is a estimated guess from the information that I get and is usualy accurate every year if you have noticed, but with wild ginseng nothing is writting in stone. The market could bust or it could do better at any time. I give you this estimate each year around this time because I get a thousand text and private messages asking about prices so it makes it easier for me to just tell you all at once. So share if you like.

I do this for you all and I do it from estimated information to my best ability. It is most likely accurate, but agaib the ginseng market has no god’s of knowldge. So I will not allow trash talk or ignorence in the replys. Im not into all the foolishness and will not hear it. One should appreciate a honest mans words and not rail at them because he does not misslead.

Ok my best to you all brothers and sisters this year. Happy Hunting and remeber this God gave this to us to enjoy and to love. To share with our family and so forth. Be thankful for his freely giving gift that is giving free.

Billy.

OH, WV 08/25/17

Those Prices that Bill Gave are the same as I am paying for Ohio and WV Ginseng, Except I may Pay a little more on Cert Batch’s of =Ginseng But it has to be be unbroken Clean Big Dry Root’s. Green can have Dirt on them But Don’t try to do like a Couple try’ed last Year on Me they added 1-2 lbs of dirt to there Sack’s and any one should know that any Buyer worth his salt can tell within a Oz or 2 by looking at a bag or sack what it should weight. Thanks all and have a Great and Safe year of Senging. Jim Maynard APPALACHIAN GINSENG COMPANY. 4108 Clines Chapel Rd’ Waverly OH 45690. Call 740-835-8119


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38 Replies to “2017 Ginseng Prices – Diggers and Dealers Information”

  1. It appears that the market for good quality root with decent bulby content should be close to 2016 prices .With that said, small and/or broken roots will be a hard sell. Diggers need to be selective and dig carefully.

    1. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT THE PLAGUE OF ASIAN HONEYSUCKLE? IN WHAT STATES? IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HUNT GINSENG OR ANYTHING WITH THAT CRAP FILLING THE WOODS. EASTERN MO IS COVERED IN IT FROM PIKE COUNTY SOUTH ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI. ONE ASIAN HONEYSUCKLE BUSH CAN HAVE WELL NORTH OF 500,000 BERRIES ON IT. EACH BERRY HAS BETWEEN 2-22 SEEDS IN IT! ONE UNNOTICED MATURE BUSH CAN DESTROY THE WOODS WITHIN 20 YEARS. THE FIRST TIME THAT I SAW IT WAS IN 1994 IN MADISON COUNTY, IL. BY NOV 1999, IN CALHOUN COUNTY I SHOT A DEER AND COULDN’T FIND IT. WHY? BECAUSE THE HONEYSUCKLE WAS SO THICK THAT I COULD NOT WALK INTO IT OR SEE THROUGH IT. IT KEEPS ITS LEAVES ALMOST TILL FEBRUARY. CUTTING IT DOWN DOES NOTHING. IT COMES BACK WITH 8-12 HEADS AND IN TWO WEEKS THEY ARE 3′ TALL.BERRIES ARE ALREADY STARTING TO TURN RED ON IT! TREE’S WON’T REPRODUCE IN THAT CRAP AND THE MATURE TREE’S ARE STARVING AND NOT GROWING.

      1. Haven’t heard anything at all about it, in regards to the ginseng patches being over-run. Yours is the first report I have of that. I grew up in south Louisiana, and it was everywhere but it didn’t completely take over and kill out the other things except in sunnier spots like fence rows and such. But I do know a lot of folks who have tried without success to eradicate it from their properties. I haven’t even tried. Seems like a losing fight.

        1. I DECLARED WAR ON IT IN 1999. AS OF THIS YEAR IT COVERS LESS THAN 2% OF 18.5 ACRES WHICH I HUNT. IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME IT HAS TAKEN OVER HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES AND LEFT THE GROUND (LOOKING AS THOUGH IT HAD BEEN SALTED). IT IS BARREN AND EROSION IS A PROBLEM. YOU CANNOT PHYSICALLY WALK INTO ANY WOODS WHERE THIS STUFF IS. AFTER THE LEAVES FALL, WHILE YOUR DRIVING, AND YOU SEE PALE GREEN LEAVES IN THE WOODS, THAT IS ASIAN HONEYSUCKLE. EVERYWHERE IN PIKE COUNTY SOUTH IN ILLINOIS IS A SEA OF GREEN IN NOVEMBER! ASK IF OTHERS HAVE THIS PROBLEM. THIS IS THE GREATEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER EXPERIENCED, AND FEW ARE EVEN AWARE OF IT! IN TIME, THIS WILL FORCE GINSENG AND TREE’S TO BE (TREATED LIKE ANIMALS IN A ZOO) IF THEY ARE TO BE PRESERVED!

  2. Those Prices that Bill Gave are the same as I am paying for Ohio and WV Ginseng, Except I may Pay a little more on Cert Batch’s of =Ginseng But it has to be be unbroken Clean Big Dry Root’s. Green can have Dirt on them But Don’t try to do like a Couple try’ed last Year on Me they added 1-2 lbs of dirt to there Sack’s and any one should know that any Buyer worth his salt can tell within a Oz or 2 by looking at a bag or sack what it should weight. Thanks all and have a Great and Safe year of Senging. Jim Maynard APPALACHIAN GINSENG COMPANY. 4108 Clines Chapel Rd’ Waverly OH 45690. Call 740-835-8119

  3. With no disrespect to Billy, I understand what he states as opening prices, but how can he or anyone know where prices will end up? Seems like encouraging diggers and dealers to hold until the end of the season is not smart. Especially when that hasn’t worked for several years. Just my opinion, but I know a little.

    1. ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY. WHO WENT OUT OF BUSINESS? NEVER SAW WHO IT WAS. ASIAN HONEYSUCKLE IS MAKING GINSENG HUNTING IMPOSSIBLE IN ILLINOIS AND MANY PARTS OF MO. ASIAN HONEYSUCKLE IS IMPASSIBLE AND STERILIZES THE SOIL. NOTHING GROWS IN THAT GRAY SOIL. THIS YEAR BERRIES WERE RIPE IN JULY AND MOST HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. PLANTS WERE STARTING TO TURN YELLOW 3 WEEKS AGO. HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THAT THE SUN IS SETTING FARTHER TO THE NW? NEARLY 30 DEGREES IN CALHOUN COUNTY, IL. PROTECTED GINSENG IN THE PAST 8 YEARS HAS TURNED RED FROM SUN EXPOSURE AND SOME DIED. THE REST HAD TO BE DUG UP AND MOVED.

      1. We have the honeysuckle here, too, but thankfully I’ve never found it in the deep woods where the ginseng grows. I never did hear who it was that went out of business, either, and maybe it’s just a rumor that something like that happened. Would love to know facts on it if any of you out there have any, though.

  4. Isaac, I will buy tops. $5 per lb. Everybody else, I don’t want to use this forum to advertise my business, but I am a SERIOUS buyer of quality roots. I am licensed in Indiana, Ohio, and Ky. and will buy certified root from anywhere. You can google my name and find me. Thanks Madison for the site. I don’t need to advertise. I am well known in the fur and ginseng trade. OK. Enough said. Let’s all just do what we do.

  5. My diggers tell me that the ginseng is beyond berries and turning yellow. It may be a short season. That would be a good thing imo.
    So to the digger with 45 year old ginseng, you need to post a LOT more info to get much interest. Location-how much-characteristics of root/roots-. So what is it that you want top dollar for? And do you even have a clue what TOP dollar is? I’m not trying to cut you down but. Well BUT?

    1. IN JULY THE BERRY’S BEGAN TO TURN RED. I’VE GOT DESSICATED PLANTS AND MANY HAVE DROPPED ALL THEIR BERRY’S. MID AUGUST PLANTS BEGAN TO TURN COMPLETELY YELLOW. SOME STILL ARE GREEN AND SOME BERRY’S HAVE NOT TURNED ON A FEW PLANTS. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I’M PASSING ON THIS SEASON, EVEN THOUGH WE’VE HAD PERFECT DIGGING CONDITIONS!

      1. Some of ours is yellow already. Most berries are already dropped, but a few plants are still green and have ripe berries clinging. The trees are starting to turn already, and it’s pretty early for that here in the Ozarks.

    1. Went digging in north eastern wva today seems they are all yellow and comeing to a end here but have found no problem with anything forien vines seems the big roots are in or around pine thickets

  6. iam in ILL..at it just about gone here..no rain in weeks now….our season opens the first Sat. of Sept..in was going down then..its a real short season here..

  7. To James, and all concerned diggers. There are no honest buyers at this time Why? Because we are all shooting from the hip. There are no Asian buyers combing the country looking to buy. So country dealers are on their own. Everyone waits to see what the harvest is, but there is great demand for root. especially good quality root. I would advice all diggers to either sell fresh ( a legitimate alternative at this time) or hang tight with dry root until November. I always sell my first collection between mid November and early December. I don’t know everything, but I know some things. Most would be wise to at least pay attn. to my posts

  8. Here in Indiana worst I’ve ever seen the plants this early in the season some dried all the way to ground, mainly yellow, maybe 5% are green this usually middle of Oct…prices here :125 green , 375 dry and my guy isnt very hopeful of the market this year😓😓😓

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