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i was wondering if picking shrooms reduces yields in fields in other seasons?
or does it only indirectly lower later yields because less spores are dropped?
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Pulling mushrooms up out of the ground can cause damage to the mycelium and reduce future fruitings. A good way to do a lesser amount of damage is to cut them at the very base of the stem with scissors or a knife. By picking them, you are actually distributing the spores around wherever you go, so that is not necessarily a bad thing.
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You really do not have to use scissors except for cold weather mushrooms such as P. cyanescens, P. baeocystis, mP. caerulipes and woodchip varieties of P. stuntzii, P. fimetaria, P. sierrare, or P. cyanofibrilosa. And for P. pellicuklosa in the clearcuts so as to keep the woodchips out of the shrooms. That keeps you from tearing the mycelia beds up.
For lawn and pastureland species such as P. stuntzii and P. semilanceata (liberty caps), and P. strictipes, they grow with their mycelia attached to the roots of wild grasses.
There is no need to cut the grass varieties of psilocybian shrooms if those are the kind you are picking.