Here is the 1st part of a series of 4 articles giving detailed information how mushrooms feed and how based on this we can move yields over the current 38kg/m2 barrier using our products.
FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSHROOM FEEDING AND FARMING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS part 1
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Our thanks go to Nikodem Sakson for his comprehensive research both theoretically and practically using this new approach and technology.
How good is my disinfection routine1
There is a good video link further down this blog which clearly demonstates the effect on spores and dirty surfaces (Quick Simple Test for Moulds).
Concrete surfaces around your farm are a ‘haven’ for spores and mycelial debris. SporeKill has been specially designed for use all over the mushroom farms and no area is it better than on concrete floors. One of its 3 functions is to trap spores and debris.
The diagram below shows a vertical cross section through a concrete surface and demonstrates clearly how spores and debris fall into the gaps ready to come out when you dont want them. Sporekill has a unique sealing action that traps the debris in the holes and across the surface forming an impervious film.
TRAPPED SPORES OR DEBRIS ARE SAFE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT GERMINATE.
Here is a great way to test for moulds around your mushroom farm.
Make up a 50:50 solution of Hydrogen Peroxide with water and place into a small spray bottle. Just simply spray a small amount of the solution on the surface you want to test and wait 15-20 seconds. If you start to see ‘fizzing’ or ‘bubbling’ it is an indicator that there is live organic matter present (which includes spores)!
It is a great way to really test how good your ‘clean up’ really is. You can also combine testing and disinfection at the same time using SporeKill which is compatible with hydrogen peroxide. Looking for evidence of ‘fizzing’ will show the guy doing the clean down that more attention has to be given in that area. There are no residues left after the process!
For details on application rates, please contact us directly. Please note that people using hydrogen peroxide must have protective gloves and other protective clothing as needed as it is a poweful oxidising agent.
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Growers using our products must remember to add much more water than they normally do
There are 2 reasons;
1. To replace to water that went into extra tissue
2. To mobilise the nutrient source to the mushrooms
This typically means between 25 and 40% more water between 1st and 2nd flushes compared to normal when using MycroNutrient products. Some of this water may need to go on 1st flush at pinning stage.
As the old adage says….When you think you have enough water…Water Again!!!!
Here is a link to some video footage and pictures taken applying Liquid Gold to phase 2 compost at spawning…..
It was taken at a UK mushroom farm last week showing application of Liquid Gold supplement as it comes out of the phase 2 tunnel. When it arrives at the spawning hopper it is totally absorbed in to the compost straws. We had some issues with nozzles, but it was due to pump size being too small and filters too fine and this is now rectified.
Lorenzo Piccioni from Ontario pictured here with Melissa Ten-Wolde in Den Bosch