Stalker was intrigued to see the research done by Teagasc boffins on SMC from phase 2 and phase 3 farms.
It had been a decade nearly since their previous analysis. New figures for the levels of Phosphorus in SMC were discovered, having implications for spreading within the Nitrates Regulations.
based on the new research Teagasc has submitted a proposal to change the P content of SMC that is stipulated in the Regulations, from 2.5kg/t to 1.5 Kg /t. Reasons for the P level dropping range from a lower quantity of poultry manure being added during mushroom composting now, and also with improved modern mushroom growing techniques, yields have increased by 10% approximately, resulting in more P being removed by the crop.
It's good to see that the boffins continually refine and re-examine previous research results, leading to actual positive changes for the mushroom farming industry. Keep up the good work!