Anyone else had trouble with your ginseng being already dormant from the dry weather? So much of the hillsides I turn are dry and all of the plants are down, and were the first day of digging. I've never dug so many stems
I'm probably a week or two away from my season being done. It's been so dry where I live, 90% of the seng is completely burned up. I have to go in down in deep hollers or low wet areas to find even yellow plants. What's worse, the leaves are falling off the soft wood trees already making plants incredibly difficult to find.
I too have been going to the deepest, darkest hollers to look as well. It seems that here if I can find a good sized pawpaw patch and look under it, it's been dark enough to support the plants longer. I have, also, but with much less success, turned the very top of the ridges. I don't find many plants but the one's I do are the mature, old growth stuff that most guys won't climb for or even recognize, but the stems are big as a pencil and the roots are deep. Big seng looks much different from what most people dig.They often walk or drive right past it without knowing. Sorry to hear it just ain't me with the dry problem and glad I found this forum.
same here guys in east ky. Usually what we r seeing right now we usually don't see untill the first of October. So it is going to be a short season for us all. I just hate it for the guys that season didn't start until late.
We finally got a little rain last night where I live, and as far as hunting goes, I think it did more damage than good. I didn't have the best of luck this morning, so I'm really wondering if that rain didn't knock down a lot of the wilting plants and make leaves fall more than they would have normally. While I'm out, I'm seeing ferns that have burned up and pawpaws that are yellow. When the pawpaws start burning up, you know it's dry.
It's been kinda strange around here. Most of the plants right here around home were just wilted not even really yellow just wilted on the first day of season (sept. 1st). But areas about a 45 minute drive to the south, southeast of me got decent rain in august and are just now starting to turn yellow. I havent been out around home in over ten days, but imagine a lot of it is just stems by now. It is raining here today, but so far has been pretty light.