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2017 Ginseng Prices – Diggers and Dealers Information

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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.

(update 11/1/17) Mills Ginseng is actively seeking green/fresh roots right now. I believe he can buy in MO and I know he buys in AR. The prices quoted above may not be current any longer, so take it as a guideline but contact him to find out the details. The link to his FB page is at the top of this listing.

INDIANA/OH (9/23/17)

Current update 10/25 from T. Manley Trading Co (574-275-2100): The market continues to improve, but not necessarily for all sections. The demand is definitely for larger and bulby roots. Small and broken roots are still a hard sell. If you are a selective digger (and you should be) you will find competitive offers. If you dig everything in sight (and some do) you will miss the party. Rumors of digger lots bringing prices close to $1000 lb are mostly unfounded. YES, some roots are worth that, but everything in the bag? Only on Appalachian Outlaws. Sorry Tony!!! Very little, if any 2017 ginseng has been exported. The market craze is driven by the assumption that the harvest is less than normal. and I believe it is! Anyway, best of luck to buyers and sellers.
Thanks again Madison for the site. I hope my comments and my years of experience add something of value to both diggers and dealers.

previous update: The market seems to be warming up in Indiana/Ohio .Still a little less than last season but my best guess is that the harvest is down. I am currently offering up to $500 for northern Indiana roots and I have already purchased several hundred lbs of fresh roots at $120 to $160 and I am looking for more.Also, I need all the goldenseal and Goldenseal herb I can get. ~ T Manley Trading Co
574.275.2100

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 8/24/17

Those Prices that Bill gave (above) 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

Middle TN 09/23/17

Update from a reader in middle TN:  green price is only $100 lb. The only buyer in the area really don’t want dried root and says he won’t be buying after Thanksgiving. ~ Roy

East TN 10/29/17

Bob Davis- we are seeing some positive moves in price around east tn area too. most buyers are paying 560 for decent and over 600 for better quality bulby lots. i think we will see 700 to 750 just before thanksgiving.bigger  bulb roots that didn’t get sold green (most did) will demand a premium with all the “pencil”roots put on mrkt lately. good luck on your sales everybody. thank you madison for the platform. also thank you terry for bein one of the few dealers willing to shoot it straight.

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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Dustin Norman
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Hey John email me at [email protected] and We can discuss your situation and see which option would be your best fit.

Roger Williams
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Roger Williams

I have inherited some property in Central WV and found tons of mushrooms and some ginseng. I am curious if there is any one who would be interested in walking my property and maybe buying what I have thats available ?

Anonymous
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Madison, Please let me know when you are ready to start comments pertaining to 2018 outlook. I will be glad to start the ball rolling. Terry

Frank Lock
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Hi all,

New to site and industry. Looking to connect with a few dealers/diggers with sustainability in mind. I am looking to purchase fresh 10+ years ginseng with everything intact. Trying to get everything set up before the season starts.

Eric
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Eric

Do you have contact information for the buyer in North Carolina, and would he buy it right now. I just found a lb that I forgot to get out and sell last year.

Ronald Stadterman
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Ronald Stadterman

Seng roots sell for $1000 a pound, whatever is in the bag, in nc. Man roots go for more, if big enough can bring 1000 for one root. Diggers in the other states listed above are getting robbed

jeff moe
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jeff moe

If its worth so much, why not grow it yoursef in greenhouses?

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Terry Manley
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Terry Manley

Thank you Leon. I look forward to seeing you and your family in the future. And thank you again Madison. It’s sure nice to have a site where everyone is sharing instead of trying to one up each other.

Leon
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Leon

I would just like to post a public, “Thank You,” to Terry Manley for being an awesome and honest buyer. Sold my wild sim. Ginseng to Terry this year…first time selling seng. He offered me a very clear evaluation of my roots, explained what was good and what could be… Read more »

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Anonymous

Personally I think I will keep every root I dig for my own medicinal use. It just takes far too much time, $,&, leg work to aquire. Anything less than $250 green, or $750 dry is giving it away. Never again will I sell another root just to brake even.… Read more »

Terry Manley
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Terry Manley

The market continues to strengthen, Offers to diggers in my area are $600 dry-good quality. I’ve heard crazy rumors from North Carolina but I think good quality roots will average $800. Some buyers bragging about more than that, but I bet they are picking and choosing. Where will it end?… Read more »

Bill Mc Donald
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Bill Mc Donald

I have ginseng from last year I found by accident.I was told it was 30 years old and people are saying that it is the strongest that they have seen around here.It was on my land so I can do what I want with it,Iive in western Penna in the… Read more »

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bob davidson

we are seeing some positive moves in price around east tn area too.most buyers are paying 560 for decent and over 600 for better quality bulby lots.i think we will see 700 to 750 just before thanksgiving.bigger bulb roots that didnt get sold green(most did)will demand a premium with all… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

The market continues to improve, but not necessarily for all sections. The demand is definitely for larger and bulby roots. Small and broken roots are still a hard sell. If you are a selective digger (and you should be) you will find competitive offers. If you dig everything in sight… Read more »

Kris haas
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Kris haas

Looking to sell Illinois Ginseng dry …coming down this weekend to Franklin area…any suggestions?

John
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John

Is there any place in n.c. That a man could dig ginseng without trespassing ! Are landowners leanient about letting someone dig on their property?

Jen
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Jen

What’s the price for a pound dry in east Tn? I’m hearing $450

Terry Manley
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Terry Manley

Paying $560 lb. for good quality roots. More for exceptional quality.

Suzy S.
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Suzy S.

Just bought a place with lots of woods in Western Tennessee.. How do I find out where I can sell ginseng root to? If I have to have any type of permit or need to register anywhere.

Rich wilder
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Rich wilder

I have got acres full of Ginseng of all ages. The higher you go up my mountain the bigger it is. Looking for diggers in Chattanooga, TN area. [email protected]

Anonymous
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Anonymous

yes..try this guy in Columbiana County…330-853-3861 he in northeast ohio

Anonymous
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Anonymous

can i do better then 400 pound dry .i have some 30 yr.old roots in northeast ohio

Anonymous
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Anonymous

ive done business with this guy for 30 plus years on root and fur..he is always competitive with his prices..

Anonymous
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Anonymous

$550 a lb in illinois? where? when?….Effingham,talked to the man Friday..217-868-5220…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

got a price of 550 a pound here in ILL.

Terry Manley
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Terry Manley

The market seems to be warming up in Indiana/Ohio .Still a little less than last season but my best guess is that the harvest is down. I am currently offering up to $500 for northern Indiana roots and I have already purchased several hundred lbs of fresh roots at $120… Read more »

Deena
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Deena

My parents planted wild ginseng 40 years ago in the catskill Mountains of NY and I went back and found it this past week. Found one with berries which I re-planted and found a bunch of plants that had already dried. I dug some of the roots up and they… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

(Ohio) Woods Are Dry , Dirt Is Hard But The West Faceing Slopes Still Hold An Even Mix Of Green And Yellow Plants. Ridge Tops Are About Gone And The North Slopes In Mature Woods Are Still Producing As Well . 1 out Of 4 Still Hold Berries And My… Read more »

Amber
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Amber

any info on buyers in the virginia area

Dustin
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Dustin

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???

Terry Manley
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Terry Manley

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… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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..

James
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James

Well it’s the 15 of what’s the prices for dry ginseng today In KY. An good honest duyer’s?

Lorraine
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Lorraine

Thanks for the site

T.Manley
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T.Manley

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… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

i have big ginseng 45 years old and older what can i get for it top dollar

Anonymous
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T. Manley Trading Co. 5541N-675E North Webster, In.
[email protected]
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Anonymous
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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… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

Any advice on best buyers in or around Bristol Va?

Jennifer
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Jennifer

How about Wisconsin information?

Isaac Stapleton
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Isaac Stapleton

Is anyone buying tops this year

Justin Kelly
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Justin Kelly

Need a price for IN

Terry Manley
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Terry Manley

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.… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

anybody know prices for tn yet and were they best buyers are in tn

Jim
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Jim

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… Read more »

Terry Manley
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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.

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