Scooting back down the decades July 1990 issue saw the official opening of Kernan’s Mushroom Village. It was a lavish affair attended by many notable personages from the mushroom sector and beyond. Tackling Trichoderma, a.k.a. Green Mould, was the science article of that month.
Jumping forward a decade to July 2000 - there was good news for growers in the guise of the Operational Programme of European Community Assistance. The setting up of Producer Organisations had truly begun.
Sylvan were offering the chance to win premium seats to the All Ireland Finals that year with a ‘fill & win’ competition. And the question facing growers at the time was whether to switch to blocks or stay with bags? It all seems like lightyears from the mushroom sector now.
Moving forward ten years,mushroom farm disinfection was one of the big topics in July 2010. Stalker is sure that that is back to the top of the agenda these days. Meanwhile, Irish Ag minister, Brendan Smith, was touting the potential of the agri-food industry to grow by one third in the subsequent decade.