Mushroom problem in hay field

by Richard young

WE have mushrooms growing in our hay field,which we bale and feed to horses. We need to get rid of the mushrooms is there anything that we can do?

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Jul 30, 2012
Mushrooms in hay field used to feed horses
by: ~ Megan

According to a report put out by the US University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC), there are thousands of mushroom species which are harmless to animals.

However, a number of poisonous mushroom species exist and can potentially cause poisoning in animals depending on the variety of toxins present. Identification is not easy, but if you know the mushrooms are safe, especially if from a source such as old mushroom compost, then it is very rare for any large animals to suffer mushroom toxicity, especially as they avoid eating mushrooms anyway and it would only be by accident that an animal ingested a small amount.

Mushrooms grow when there is high organic matter and usually damp conditions. Drying out the field or the hay when cut should stop them.

Sep 30, 2012

I am an Hobbyist Mycologist, That mean's I love any and all things mushrooms. The mushrooms that are growing in your hay bails are most likely Pan. Cinctulus. There is nothing you can do to get rid of them, they are things to spray like fungicides but that will hurt your animals. SO I WILL COME PICK ALL YOUR MUSHROOMS OUT OF YOUR FIELD FREE OF CHARGE, BY picking them, I am removing the source of spore's(spores are like seeds are to a plant) and there for the mushrooms will eventually be not of a problem, So its fall and I know from my 7 years of mycology work, that fall is prime time for mushrooms to grow in S.C. after some rains you will notice 2-4 days after lots of mushrooms growing from your hay and or in your fields. Some are harmless others are deadly. I will do this for free because I use them to take pictures and study them. I do not mind walking a field all day picking your mushrooms and also helping with getting rid of mushrooms in any other problem areas. I can also teach you what mushrooms are "okay"to leave and which one's are not. Contact me at my name is josh, I am in the lake keowee area, but will travel to help, just let me know if there are allot of mushrooms out, then I will come get them out of there, if you could post some pictures of them, that would also help me to identify them before I come out, because they may be non-poisonous and may not need to be removed, but most likely they are the above species of mushroom, and in that case would be best for someone like me to remove them. Thanks

Sep 30, 2012
by: josh

My post did not post here, so im trying again, I am a mycologist(amature of 7 years), I will come out to your ranch and pick all those mushrooms for you. If you could take some pictures of them and post email them to me at I could tell you if there are poisonous or if they are safe to leave and rot away. If they are the species I believe them to be, which is in the genera panaeolus then I would have to walk your field and pick all of them, I love mushrooms, taking pictures and studying them, so this would actually be enjoyable for me. I would and could also suggest tips on how to get rid of them, and teach you which ones are hazardous to your animals and which are not. So after it rains go out 2-4 days after, take a look at you fields and hay, if you spot mushrooms, grab a camera get some decent photos , email me at and we can go from there, I live by lake keowee but also frequent charleston, so its not a big deal for me to come out and remove your mushrooms. Thanks I hope this reply is not too late!!! joshua

Jun 20, 2016
mushrooms growing on Hay
by: Anonymous

I am having the same problem. A farmer friend said that when hay grows mushrooms it is a good thing that the hay is actually breaking down into good natural fertilizer - can I take pictures of these mushrooms to send to you to make sure these mushrooms are safe because I am growing veggies in the hay bales

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