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what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...

 
lapis lazuli
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what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
okay, we all know marijuana is the most profitable plant you can grow.

So, besides that what is the biggest moneymaking crop out there? Which crop brings in the most profit per acre?

I heard that ginseng was highly profitable, however so many people started growing it that it's not nearly as profitable as it once was.

Been reading about pick your own strawberry/blue berry plots. Apparently they can be highly profitable. However, you need to be in the right location -- close enough to a big city but you can attract people and in a high visibility area

any other ideas?
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my research so far is showing that tobacco is actually the most profitable crop grown in the United States. How shocking.
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
something else I'm finding out is that it really depends on what area of the country you're talking about. For instance if you are in an area that has a climate conducive to grape growing then that is probably the most profitable crop per acre for you.
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I live in TN and went to college in KY. Around these parts, Tobacco is by far the most profitable. My 2 cents.
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Opium Poppies?
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Does anyone grow organic tobacco? lol
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 914119

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
Gourmet salad greens could be profitable if you line up some restaurants regular customers. Also, I saw fresh habanerno peppers (those are the super hot ones) selling for $3.99/lb yesterday. These items are easy to grow most places and you can do indoor container gardening in winter if you have the space and light
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Gourmet salad greens could be profitable if you line up some restaurants regular customers. Also, I saw fresh habanerno peppers (those are the super hot ones) selling for $3.99/lb yesterday. These items are easy to grow most places and you can do indoor container gardening in winter if you have the space and light
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Dunno how profitable it is to grow, but iceberg lettuce seems to be in short supply. Paid $1.99 for a nearly-rotten head of it just a couple weeks ago. I went to three other grocery stores and it was all the same story.
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Shrimp.
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well over six feet
[link to www.hendriksgreenhouses.com]
[link to www.wisegeek.com]
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
Gourmet salad greens could be profitable if you line up some restaurants regular customers. Also, I saw fresh habanerno peppers (those are the super hot ones) selling for $3.99/lb yesterday. These items are easy to grow most places and you can do indoor container gardening in winter if you have the space and light
 Quoting: Anonymous 750018


yes, I was just reading about this. Apparently there are a lot of specialty/exotic type of greens that are in high demand. High end restaurants will pay you good money for these especially if they are fresh and well grown. It does someone something you could make money at
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
actually, further research about ginseng shows that it is actually quite profitable. However it can take up to 10 years before you have a marketable product! So you can imagine that not too many people want to invest that kind of time into it

But once you have your crop up and running you can bring in $100,000 per acre! And there's absolutely no selling involved. The demand is so high you don't have to market or sell it. Just announce you have it and people will buy it up
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
Mushrooms!
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this looks good. Gives detailed information on how to grow specialty plants and herbs like ginseng and goldenseal

[link to www.amazon.com]
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Mushrooms!
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how difficult are they to grow? Also, don't you have to have the exact right climate to grow those? But I suppose there are some exotic mushrooms that people are willing to pay a lot of money for.
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Does anyone grow organic tobacco? lol
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American Spirit sells OG ciggarettes. I saw another commercial OG brand, once, too.
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Hemp!
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
okay, we all know marijuana is the most profitable plant you can grow.

So, besides that what is the biggest moneymaking crop out there? Which crop brings in the most profit per acre?

I heard that ginseng was highly profitable, however so many people started growing it that it's not nearly as profitable as it once was.

Been reading about pick your own strawberry/blue berry plots. Apparently they can be highly profitable. However, you need to be in the right location -- close enough to a big city but you can attract people and in a high visibility area

any other ideas?
 Quoting: lapis lazuli 913823

i agree with others.Tobacco and opium are most profitable crops.

i remember one herb whose leaves are sweet.Very helpful for diabetes patients who cant take regular suger.Apparently these herb leaves can be used instead of sugar WITHOUT ANY SIDE EFFECTS.Completely natural.

If you want to grow something profitable,just search into medicinal herbs.There are many herbs which are profitable to raise.
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
Daylilies.

[link to daylily.com]
[link to daylily.com]

Please note the second listing is for seeds.
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I read an article about a hobby-farm/mini-farm that sold OG Garlic. Many different types. He said he pulled in over $50,000 from one acre of garlic. It was sold to restaurants and specialty stores. So, the marketing seemed to be the financial key for him.

I'm trying to figure out what to do with three OG acres that I have. I think I am being led to start an OG mini-farm for anyone to use. OG fruits, veggies and herbs for free for anyone who wants to work it (if they are physically able). Half of the production would be given away via some church or social group to those unable to toil my soil.
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Salvia
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Totally legal here in Canada. An acre of this would be a good year's income probably. $150 a pound. [link to www.salviamonster.com]
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
Daylilies.

[link to daylily.com]
[link to daylily.com]

Please note the second listing is for seeds.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 905337

Daylillies become invasive. They require practically no help to grow. I have many on my property. The young, unopened flowers are tasty, either alone or in a salad.
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I read an article about a hobby-farm/mini-farm that sold OG Garlic. Many different types. He said he pulled in over $50,000 from one acre of garlic. It was sold to restaurants and specialty stores. So, the marketing seemed to be the financial key for him.

I'm trying to figure out what to do with three OG acres that I have. I think I am being led to start an OG mini-farm for anyone to use. OG fruits, veggies and herbs for free for anyone who wants to work it (if they are physically able). Half of the production would be given away via some church or social group to those unable to toil my soil.
 Quoting: Ten Hits


great idea!

$50,000 for an acre of garlic? Not too bad.
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Magic Mushrooms

[link to itech.dickinson.edu]
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If you want to grow something profitable,just search into medicinal herbs.There are many herbs which are profitable to raise.
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yes, medicinal herbs. Sounds like a great idea. Look at the book that I linked to Amazon on this thread. It tells you how to grow ginseng and goldenseal along with a few other herbs like black cohosh
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Hops
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
going out on a limb here... corn & soybeans
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Re: what is the biggest moneymaking crop you can grow? Not including marijuana...
It might not be the biggest moneymaker but I like to plant potatoes. Do you have any idea how many potatoes you can get out of an acre of ground? It can be laboring preparing the ground and digging them up but I love them. If you dont do anything else and you have a small garden take some small potatoes you've gotten from the store that have started to sprout and stick them in and even eight plants after they've died back will give you between 5-10 pounds.
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Truffles.

[link to whatscookingamerica.net]

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