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Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby OliverFarmall » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:40 pm

I was looking to plant part of one of our fields to Jerusalem Artichokes to use as primarily as pig feed. At the most between 1/4 to 1/2 an acre of them is all.... online/catalouge source prices are ridiculous (especially since most consider this thing a weed and it's hard to get rid of). The one farm I knew ofthat used to have some in the one pasture and I asked if I could get some were bulldozed out to make a pond before I got there last year.

Anyway if any of you have Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes that you'd be willing to sell or trade to me please let me know.

Included is the wiki page for a quick referene to what I'm talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke

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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby OliverFarmall » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:16 pm

Anyone ?
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby cowboy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:15 am

My brother had talked about planting it for ethanol but we didn't look into it. From what I just looked up it is grown from cuttings not seed nor was I able to find seed only cuttings. I found quite a few people bought them from a growshery store and planted them. I did find that h they are planted like potatoes but they are in the sunflower family.

The best price I found was $6 per lb but as you bought more it went way down to 1000lbs for $1.50 per lb

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The Jerusalem Artichokes are in the center at the bottom.

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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby Eugene » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:08 pm

Have been reading up on Jerusalem Artichokes since the topic was posted. Will try a few plants in the garden if I can find some Jerusalem Artichokes in the grocery store to use as seed.

Haven't crunched any numbers, but it appears planting a quarter acre of Jerusalem Artichokes would be cost prohibitive.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby DarinO » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:31 pm

Before years of no-till, I knew of several patches in fields. The full tillage just divided and spread out the root crowns, which actually probably promoted good growth. The repeated sprayings have completely removed some of the patches that I ate from as a kid.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby Eugene » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:02 pm

Still reading on the topic. Jerusalem Artichokes make for a pretty good deer food plot. Seems deer love them.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby OliverFarmall » Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:18 pm

Yeah, I can't believe the prices for what was/is considered a "weed" alot of the time. I was hoping somebody on the forum had a patch of them that they would share at a reasonable price.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby OliverFarmall » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:54 pm

bringing this up again as it's getting closer to planting time.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby SONNY » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:41 am

Our farm was over ran by them when we got it and after 6 LONG years I finally got rid of the CURSE!---I used every chemical known to man PLUS the dozer attack and finished them off! Good luck on your search to find that amount! thanks; sonny
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby TaylorLambert » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:45 pm

Oliver Farmall I have a few in a in a flowerbed and THey have several shoots. If you shoot me a PM with an address I ll send you some root stock.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby SONNY » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:16 pm

Found it!!!!-------If you still need a bunch from this years harvest, let me know!!!!!! I got a bunch to try to get rid of!

Bringing this thread back up!!!! thanks; sonny
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby OliverFarmall » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:47 pm

Sonny
I would love to get some Jerusalem Artichokes from you! I don't see any way to pm you...
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby SONNY » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:57 am

the pm and email should now be active. thanks;sonny
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby OliverFarmall » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:35 pm

PM sent, Sonny.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes

Postby SONNY » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:32 pm

We have the artichokes along the west fence and them are about the only thing left out there ! most everything else is matured/harvested/or plowed under!

We dont know what variety the artichokes are,---just something a guy handed us to plant, THEN he wouldnt take them after we grew them for him so thats how we ended up with them at the edge of our back garden!--now we gotta get rid of them! lol! thanks; sonny
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