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Need some ginseng?
Nearly a dozen buyers from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and both U.S. coasts are in central Wisconsin to bargain on prices for the ancient medicinal root during the harvest this fall.

The ginseng root crop is going for an average $40 a pound this season, compared to last year's average of about $27.


The ginseng crop in Wisconsin is worth $50,000 to $70,000 an acre this year, making it the state's most lucrative crop per acre.

Wisconsin produces about 95 percent of the nation's ginseng. Marathon County, with its rich topsoil and rock and granite to help drainage, produces about 85 percent of Wisconsin's crop.