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Ginseng season opens in West Virginia

CHARLESTON (AP) — Ginseng diggers are heading to West Virginia’s forests as the season for harvesting the plant opens.

West Virginia’s ginseng season began Monday and runs through Nov. 30.

Ginseng dealer Dave Cook tells The Charleston Gazette that he expects a good harvest this year, based on this summer’s climate and the success of last year’s season.

Ginseng diggers have until March 31 to sell the roots to a registered ginseng dealer in state.

March 31 also is the deadline for diggers who don’t sale their ginseng to obtain a weight receipt from the West Virginia Division of Forestry. The receipt allows diggers to possess ginseng from April 1 through Aug. 31.

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