4/30/2002 A number of Irish growers made the trip to the Amycel headquarters in the USA towards the end of April. On their visit they visited the largest mushroom farm in the world (Watsonville).
SAMPLING THE INDUSTRY
4/30/2002 Regular visitor to these parts Ray Samp was back in town again in April. Ray was diligently touring compost yards while he was over, as ever casting his expert eye over the state of the industry here on behalf of Sylvan Ireland.
4/30/2002 A last minute tidbit came Stalker's way this month concerning a well-known figure in the industry.
FIGHT WITH FICAM
4/30/2002 With the advent of hot weather flies are becoming a greater problem. Last year Ficam was a major success as growers found it to be extremely effective.
4/30/2002 There's a right bit of globetrotting goes on among the staff at McGeary's.
4/30/2002 Sylvan organised a farm walk in conjunction with McGeary's Fresh Mushrooms on the 15th of April. The walk took place on Leo McGeary's farm at "Kishaboy" on the Collegeland Rd in Co. Tyrone.
4/30/2002 Donegal Creameries has reported steady growth in 2001 and has signalled a "satisfactory" performance in the current year.
UK COMPANY FOLDS
4/30/2002 Another company in the mushroom sector in the UK has bit the dust.
4/30/2002 McGeary Fresh Mushrooms have acquired the packing facilities formerly opened by Fernacre Mushrooms near Liverpool.
IMGA NO GO
4/30/2002 The IMGA trip reported in last month's edition did not in the end materialise.
COUNT THE CANDLES
4/30/2002 A big happy birthday to Majella Meehan at Monaghan Mushrooms.
FAST SELLING STRAINS
4/30/2002 Included in the mushroom notes under the heading 'Superior Strains' in last months edition, reference was made to the necessity to use fast selling strains. Valid points were included about the wisdom of using fast moving strains.
4/30/2002 Another winner in the McGeary stable is young Shannon McGeary, daughter of Thomas. She has won the U-10 Ulster Show Jumping Championships
4/30/2002 Grower Martin Mallon has been sporting a huge bandage on his hand. Seems that Martin's wife threw out a unusable flowerpot, which Martin then managed to cut his finger on, while disposing of the rubbish.