morels this spring after flood

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morels this spring after flood

I know it's early, but...

Anyone have a guess if the Missouri River flood will positively or negatively affect morel mushrooms in the river bottom areas that were underwater all summer?

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Id bet negatively, but it should be interesting to find out. I think it will either swing drastically one direction or the other...

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 Here is some information:

http://missourimorels.blogspot.com/2008/04/weekend-update-well-i-havent-...

It appears the flooding will probably hurt morels. 

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elvisfan Said:
 Here is some information:

http://missourimorels.blogspot.com/2008/04/weekend-update-well-i-havent-...

It appears the flooding will probably hurt morels. 

Yeah, I had seen that article too. I was hoping someone maybe had a some experience with a flood rolling through their mushroom stomping grounds and could say how it affected the next year...or two...or three...

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I'll only bump this to the top once just in case someone browsing this weekend has had personal experience with their morel spots being flooded heavily. Most of the spots I've ever found them were underwater for quite awhile last year and I don't know if it would even be worth looking there or not next year, the year after, five years down the road?

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Seems to me that dead/dying host trees would be a good thing?



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I have never went looking for morels but i would like to this year.  I am just wondering if I could get a little help.  First when is the best time to find them.  Second what kind of areas do you find them in.  A little help for a newbie would be appreciated.   I dont want to know any ones spot just the general places they grow woods river bottoms ect.     Thank you again


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I start looking the end of April if it's warm out, usually don't find any until early May. And generally find them into the first to second week of June. I look near the Missouri R. and in my area the first ones I find are closer to the river in the young willows and horsetails. As it gets warmer they recede into the shade of the trees, areas with good dead leave cover are the ticket. 

Often where you find one you will find several more if you stay put and look. Where you find them once you will generally find them again the same year, especially after a rain unless the area gets too dry. And definitely check those same spots year after year.

Last, I like to cut them off at the base rather then pull the whole thing out of the ground. 2 reasons - 1) Less to clean that way. 2) When the deer eat them, they do the same.

If you haven't visited this site, it's worthwhile for anyone who likes looking for morels.
http://thegreatmorel.com/


flocknocker58701 Said:

I have never went looking for morels but i would like to this year.  I am just wondering if I could get a little help.  First when is the best time to find them.  Second what kind of areas do you find them in.  A little help for a newbie would be appreciated.   I dont want to know any ones spot just the general places they grow woods river bottoms ect.     Thank you again

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