Ginseng Production Project

Final Report for FNE93-007

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1993: $1,750.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1993
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $21,000.00
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
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Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE93-007.

The ginseng production project was very successful. The project land preparation, liming, cultivating, planting and mulching has been accomplished. The planted roots will be appearing in May as ginseng is a late plant to leaf in the spring because it requires shade. Therefore, the ginseng must wait until the tree leaves appear.

Ginseng is a complicated and very sensitive crop to grow. Factors affecting growth include soil, shade, mulch, disease and animal damage such as mice and insects. However, ginseng roots can be harvested at five to seven years of age. Prices in 1993 were about $250 per pound. Growing ginseng under wild simulated conditions can yield between $10,000 and $50,000 per one-half acre.


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