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  Chinese Milkvetch, Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
Market Products:   (root);     Market size: 1,700 hectares (world), 560 ha (North America)   Prospects: prices up, volume up
Culture Seed density: 130-160 seeds/gram   Exposure: full sun   Soil: well-drained, deep, moist, alkaline   Crop duration: 4-5 years
  Sowing rate: 6-8 kg/ha (direct), 3-4kg/ha (indirect).   Planting: can be started in deep plugs, but suffers transplant shock easily. Probably better to sow direct in field, in early spring or fall. Scarification helps speed germination. Harvested in fall, lateral roots trimmed, dried partially and then sliced 0.5 cm thick, and then further dried.   Field spacing: 75-100cm between rows x 25cm within rows.   Yield: 7000kg/ha (year 4-5).   Pests: no data   Diseases: unidentified root rot when in wet conditions.   Buyers want: no data.  
  Sowing rate: 75g/1000 plants.   Planting: sow in deep plugs 19-20 weeks before sale; transplant before plugs are root-bound. Highly susceptible to mites.   Seeds to finished plugs: 10 weeks.   Plugs to saleable plants: 9 weeks.   Pests: spider mite   Diseases: damping-off.  
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