With the beginning of quarantine measures in the Russian Federation, Belarusian champignon producers were in an exceedingly difficult situation. Maksym Yenchenko wrote a very interesting report on the trials and tribulations of the Corona situation in Belarus, beginning of May.
The Corona virus has hit the USA very hard. With 1,5 million confirmed cases and 92.000 deaths registered on May 20th, it is the worst affected country in the world, due to its open economy and a slow reaction by the US government. End of April, mushroom consultant Ray Samp send us the following exclusive report on the impact COVID-19 had in the US (and Canadian) mushroom industry, which could not make it in our 100th print edition anymore.
Hoving Holland, a well-known producer of machines for composting installations, celebrates this month its 90th anniversary.
The company was founded in 1930 and started as a local cartwright. Shortly after the World War II, Hoving Holland started the production of transporters (loading systems) for agricultural and industrial purposes. In the mid-seventies they came in contact with a mushroom grower who required several logistic innovations. From that moment on the company became more and more involved in the mushroom business.
Since the beginning of this year, the outbreak of COVID-19, with the government measures in its wake, has been spreading a trail of destruction around the world. The mushroom sector was - and is being - seriously affected in many places. Despite the gloom, general managers of the two major spawn producers worldwide have been largely positive, as shown in an exclusive interview with Mushroom Business.
On the 15th of January 2020, spawn producer Amycel, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Hollander Spawn and Italspawn in The Hague District Court, the Netherlands for infringement by Hollander Spawn and Italspawn’s FB29 brown mushroom strain of Amycel’s European Patent EP 1 993 350 B2 in certain European states. The lawsuit was intended to protect Amycel’s own Heirloom strain.
As the very first in the world, Deckers in Geldern-Pont has started a commercial mushroom farm with tilting shelves.
Currently there are eight growing rooms of 756 m2 surface area, with four rows of shelves per room. The first room was filled on 17 March. By now four rooms have been completed and filled several times. The next four are poised to go into operation.
From mid-May, two growing rooms will be filled weekly in a four-week cycle using brown mushrooms of the Heirloom variety, and compost from CNC in The Netherlands.
The organising committee for 20th ISMS Congress and 26th North American Mushroom Conference in Vancouver, Canada met two weeks ago and reconfirmed the event would go ahead as planned.
While most of the world has been under lockdown for Covid-19 virus, the organising committee has been busy planning the detail for next year’s not-to-be-missed event which is now only a year away. The draft program can be found here https://mushroomconference.org/agenda/.
As the corona virus leaves its devastating traces around the world, the Chinese mushroom industry is trying to get on its feet again. As a special report by Huang Yadong (CFNA) explains, the first quarter of 2020 may have been the hardest period it has ever experienced.
The year started optimistically as all the farms were busy in preparing for annual Lunar New Year sales season, but after the coronavirus hit Wuhan and spread nationwide, the government implemented a series of escalating tough measures, which also badly affected mushroom businesses across the country.