Production and Harvesting

Information on planting and growing mushrooms such as agaricus bisporus and oyster, including compost substrate preparation, spawning to casing, pinning and cropping cycle. Tips on sanitary conditions for slicing and packing and microbial activity.

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Best Practices for Mushroom Post-Crop Sanitation: Steam-Off/Post-Crop Pasteurization Best Practices for Mushroom Post-Crop Sanitation: Steam-Off/Post-Crop Pasteurization - Articles
Steam-off is done to minimize the chances of contaminating subsequent mushroom crops when substrate, which may be infested with pests and/or pathogens, is removed from a house. More
Shiitake Mushroom Growers School
Shiitake Mushroom Growers School - Workshops Workshops

Shiitake Mushroom Growers School

10/18/2018

Collegeville, PA

$75.00
This hands-on school will cover the primary information needed to grow Shiitake mushrooms on natural logs. More
Basic Procedures for Agaricus Mushroom Growing
Basic Procedures for Agaricus Mushroom Growing - Articles Articles
In spite of some articles that say mushrooms can be grown in any dark hole or building, successful commercial mushroom growing requires special houses equipped with ventilation systems. More
Seeding Substrate and Management of Growing Agaricus Bisporus
Seeding Substrate and Management of Growing Agaricus Bisporus - Articles Articles
This article provides basic information on seeding substrate and management of the vegetative stage of growing the commercial mushroom, Agaricus bisporus. More
What Disinfectants Should I Use in the Mushroom House?
What Disinfectants Should I Use in the Mushroom House? - Articles Articles
In choosing disinfectants for use, mushroom growers must consider several factors. More
What do Labels Tell Us?
What do Labels Tell Us? - Articles Articles

What do Labels Tell Us?

David Meigs Beyer, Ph.D.

Reading a label is the one way to obtain information on how to use a given product in mushroom production. More
What is a Disinfectant or Sanitizer?
What is a Disinfectant or Sanitizer? - Articles Articles

What is a Disinfectant or Sanitizer?

David Meigs Beyer, Ph.D.

Since mushroom growers often refer to disinfectants and sanitizers interchangeably, which is understandable, let’s clarify some terms. More
Impact of the Mushroom Industry on the Environment
Impact of the Mushroom Industry on the Environment - Articles Articles
Growers must use the mushroom's ability to consume organic materials discarded by man, to help control pollution in modern society. More
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Producción de Champiñones: Técnicas de Exclusión para el Control de Plagas - Articles Articles

Producción de Champiñones: Técnicas de Exclusión para el Control de Plagas

Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, David Meigs Beyer, Ph.D.

La exclusión previene la entrada de los organismos de la plaga en cuartos nuevos y su escape desde los más viejos. Esto último no debería ser subestimado. More
Sanitary and Design Considerations for Mushroom Packing and Slicing Operations
Sanitary and Design Considerations for Mushroom Packing and Slicing Operations - Webinars Webinars
Free
A 1.5 hour recording of a webinar from Penn State Extension originally presented on May 4, 2011. More
Organic Certification
Organic Certification - Videos Videos

Organic Certification

Kristy Borrelli

7:24

This presentation will help you to identify many useful resources and decide if organic certification is appropriate for your farm business. More
Substrate Preparation for White Button Mushrooms
Substrate Preparation for White Button Mushrooms - Articles Articles
A few practical tips on Phase I and Phase II substrate (compost), and the substrate preparation (composting) process, and formulating mushroom compost. More
Spawning to Casing in Commercial Mushroom Production
Spawning to Casing in Commercial Mushroom Production - Articles Articles
This article is an updated revision from a chapter originally published in the Penn State Handbook for Commercial Mushroom Growers (Wuest & Bengston 1982). More
Six Steps to Mushroom Farming
Six Steps to Mushroom Farming - Articles Articles

Six Steps to Mushroom Farming

David Meigs Beyer, Ph.D.

Mushroom farming consists of six steps, and although the divisions are somewhat arbitrary, these steps identify what is needed to form a production system. More
Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms
Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms - Articles Articles

Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms

David Meigs Beyer, Ph.D.

Oyster mushroom production is on the increase in the United States. This article details the cultivation of oyster mushrooms from spawn to postharvest handling and marketing. More
Growing Mushrooms - Microbial Activity in Substrate
Growing Mushrooms - Microbial Activity in Substrate - Articles Articles
To begin a review about Phase II composting first we should think about the organism we are trying to grow and why it has such a finicky food source. More
Slicer Alert to all Fresh Mushroom Packers and Shippers
Slicer Alert to all Fresh Mushroom Packers and Shippers - Articles Articles
Mushrooom packers and shippers are advised to review their sanitation practices immediately with special focus on the control of Listeria in areas where product cross-contamination can occur. More
Impact of FDA Produce Safety Standards on Mushroom Substrate Composting Impact of FDA Produce Safety Standards on Mushroom Substrate Composting - Articles
Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), mushroom producers must recognize potential food safety hazards in their operations and establish control measures to prevent them from occurring. More
Effect of Irrigation Water Nitrate Levels on Post-Harvest Mushroom Nitrates
Effect of Irrigation Water Nitrate Levels on Post-Harvest Mushroom Nitrates - Articles Articles
Mushrooms do not contribute significantly to dietary intake of nitrates, even when irrigated with water that exceeds the EPA limit of 10 mg NO3-N/L. More
Penn State Handbook for Commercial Mushroom Growers
Penn State Handbook for Commercial Mushroom Growers - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications
$65.00
Learn the details of growing mushrooms on a large scale. More