Matthew Hall Method vs Standard Cultivation
Important factors concerning my method and the effect it will have in the market.
Shiitakes, Oysters, Maitakes and other ‘speciality gourmet mushrooms’ are worth 92.6 million dollars in 2016 up from 73 million in 2015 which is increase of about 28%.
My method has already proven the following:
- Increase time : Current tests show a 3.75lb block of shiitake colonizing, browning, and pinning in 30 days.
- Under current mushroom farms shiitake can take up to or over 100 days depending on size of blocks. Most growers use a 5lb block method and often take the max of 120 to pinning/mushroom formation.
- Increase Biological Efficiency : Initial tests recorded 63% BE and on-going tests continue to increase the BE which increases margin.
- Shiitake has a wide inconsistent range of recorded BE but standard is under 50% for first flush/harvest.
With both the time and harvest improved dramatically my method makes even the smallest mushroom farm extremely viable – moreover improving yield and timing would improve the market dramatically.
Pictured below is the ‘theory’ in practice.