I would be willing 5prong but I dont have much to add to the pile. I dug alot this year but only dried a pound. The rest I planted in my seedbed. I would be willing to next year.
Hillhopper, I only dug a little this fall and already sold it. My hope is that quite a few diggers would form a group and be able to sell together next year.
I have a limited number of areas to dig in, but normally can get between 3-5 dry pounds myself. I also know a few guys who would be willing to get a little higher price. I'm looking into getting a dealers license so that I could be able to join a group of diggers even if it meant crossing state lines. If I have 5 lbs. of my own seng to sell at say $200 more per pound (and I think that this may be a little conservative) I'd be willing to drive to kentucky for that difference.
I really don't know for sure what kind of price that the average dealer is getting, so this is just a guess. I haven't found a dealer yet that is willing to share this kind of info. Kind of like an old seng digger like me not wanting to share the location of my favorite spots. It is definately understandible. I just can't imagine anyone doing all the work of keeping all the paperwork that the state requires and allowing inspections by the state at virtually any time and all that stuff if there wasn't a pretty good profit margin. That is why in my thoughts that the dealers get substantially higher prices than what they pass on to the diggers. Don't get me wrong. Like I was alluding to above, The dealers do there fair share of work and subject themselves to a lot of headaches and deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. I'm not trying to talk down seng dealers. I'm just looking at ways for the bottom guys to get a little bigger piece of the pie.
Where are you from hillhopper?
Hillbilly, I'm looking to try to sell next years seng with a group of other diggers. Keep me in mind and let me know if this is what you decide to do next fall.