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fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #29994

what is the best thing to do
sell it fresh right away or dry it down and wait it out :unsure:

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #29996

sanghunter,

Fresh is opening at $160 a lb, At a little more than 3 to 1 drying ratio that equates to $500 dry,
They don't want it washed if selling fresh, just shake the dirt off, place in cardboard box or paper bag and put it in bottom of refrigerator. It should keep for a couple of weeks.

It kind of depends on how much you need the money,

rootman

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30001

Personally, I only dry roots when the fresh/dry price ratio is 4 to one. Say fresh is 150 lb, I would need 600 lb to offset the additional risk of the drying process.
While the risk of damaging or outright ruining the roots while drying is small once you get the hang of it, the risk is still their. Mold, discolotarion, breakage, insects, mice all are threats that could turn a nice profit to nothing with only a small lapse in attention.


Good luck

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30004

i assume you are down south....up north here fresh is 250 to 275 fresh!!! dont let ANYONE tell you different !!

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30011

I never hardly sell fresh unless its a have to case if you can keep it a while before selling 8 out of 10 years it will make you money . that being said if the market should go south you might end up sick so research what works best for you good luck and happy digging

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30032

thanks for your reply rootman
how much more weight will it loose in a refrigerator for one week and how much more for two weeks

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30033

thanks for your reply
I figure it will take closer to 4 pound fresh to one dry first week or so but after the first kill n frost closer to 3
what do ya think the average is

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30034

thanks for your reply
glad you noticed I'm from the south
why do you guys always get more for root up that way
could it be union dues, toll roads or them higher taxes

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30035

thanks for your reply Leebros!
I try to hold out late for Christmas money but sometime crap happens and I got to cash in or do without
looks to me the price been falling off some after Thanksgiving last few year
I think the some of the best research I can do is ask you folk on this forum

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Re:fresh or dry 3 years 1 month ago #30045

i know what you mean about crap happening why not try doing some of both and see which does better

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