You can find the buyers within reasonable driving distance from you and give them a call and see what they are offering.
I called Glenn Bradey over in Pulaski TN a couple days ago and below is the information I got from him.
I called this evening and talked to Glenn Bradey over in Pulaski TN and he said he was currently offering 500.00/lb for seng.
He said he could do a bit more if you had good quality seng and larger quantities - like 8-10 lbs or more.
I asked about the stratified seed and he said there was some bad luck on that this year from his supplier (artificial shade growers in wisconsin) and he could not get any seed this year. He said they had a early freeze or something like that that caused them not to have any seed to sell this year.
Last year he was selling that seed for 28.00/lb and he told me earlier that he would have it for 30.00/lb this year - but it is just not going to happen this year.
I also chatted with him a bit on when to sell the seng and he said that he usually has a good market for it and normally it is best in between Nov 15 and Dec 15.
He said that a lot of his buyers just seem to go away after the Chinese new year (which is same as ours Jan 1, but they have a big celebration that last for a couple of weeks). He recommended selling before new years instead of after new years - simply because he has less potential buyers after new years day.
He thinks the price often peaks out in the Nov 15 - Dec 15 time frame because they are buying it up for sale during the Chinese new year celebration. After that the interest from Chinese buyers sort of slacks off.
I will probably check back with him around Nov 15.
If anyone else finds out more info on TN dealer prices - please post.
On my lunch hour today I called 4 dealers, but only got thru to 2 of them.
Jesse Anderson in Dickson TN - was real cautious on quoting a price, but eventually did say he could give over 500.00 for good seng. It was almost like he was afraid to commit to a price and he seemed real suspicious even though we were just talking by phone. I had to ask what is the best you could give for the best quality and around 10 lbs and still all he would say was he could give over 500.00/lb.
Thought that was a bit odd.
Dealers I tried in Waynesboro and Lewisburg, I got voice mail message.
I did get thru to Glenn Bradey's wife over in Pulaski TN - Glenn was not home, but she said he is giving in the 630.00 range now, depending on quality/quantity.
I have noticed the last few years that there are several TN dealers that are off by a hundred dollars or so per pound. These guys usually are looking for top shelf seng at a low price. Not sure if these dealers have alot of repeat diggers year to year.
Your good dealers are interested in knowing what others are giving and are willing to negotiate to gain your business, if they can. I am currently checking new dealers because my buyer from the last 10 years is no longer available.
As of 10:00am Saturday Nov,6th..... I called Larry Faith 270-256-6920 he is out of Glasgow KY....he quoted me $675.00 a pound for 8 pounds. He is licensed to buy in Tn. This is the best I have been quoted.