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I live in the south and there are some good areas to pick shrooms (according to the research I've been doing). I haven't gone out yet, just because all the dangers in picking poisionous mushrooms. One of the good places I think would be to go is an agriculture center nearby that's on a slope, lots and lots of cows, but I heard somewhere that they put something in their food to keep shrooms from growing. Is this just bull to scare off pickers, or is it possible to do this?
Thanks for your help,
P.S. - I just looked at the weather report and scattered showers are predicted for saturday, 68 high - 52 low.... I was planning on going to try then, maybe like 12 hours after it rains??? Are there good chances of me finding active mushrooms? What does everyone think?
Seed grain is often treated with fungicides to keep it from getting moldy in storage, but I don't think this is the case with animal feed grain. However, conventionally-raised livestock are usually (to prevent illness) pumped full of antibiotics which come out in their manure and could definitely inhibit fungal & bacterial growth. Only way to know for sure is explore the field in appropriate season & see if there's mushrooms or not.