Sooner or later ginseng is going to be graded just like coonskins. I believe it is inevitable. The harvest increases every year, and a big part of the reason is because of roots dug out of season. This puts too much product on the market, and definitely too much inferior product. The only ones that can stop illegal harvesting are law enforcement officers and ginseng buyers. Problem is,IMO, is that instead of working with dealers to quell the problem, the DNR cops find it easier to set up, and then bust the dealers. So now the only guys that may be able to help solve the problem become enemies and the problem gets worse.
I don't have nearly as many answers as I do questions, but one thing I firmly believe is that if laws are followed and cops quit hiding behind billboards in un-marked cars the world would be a better place.