In the northern states, the morel mushroom season has started or is about to start depending on your location. This usher in all sorts of old tales about when and where to look, usually being a mix of fact, fiction, and tall tales. Did you know one of the main factors in determining when Morel mushrooms will start to emerge is the soil temperature?

When there has been sufficient rain, and the soil temperature at around 4 inches deep reaches 55 degrees the Morel mushrooms will start to emerge. When the soil temperature reaches 62 degrees they will cease to fruit. You can search online for soil temperature maps to see what your local soil temperatures are. Many agricultural seed suppliers supply these soil temperature maps online to assist farmers in knowing when to plant their crops, and they are handy tools for mushroom hunting as well!

-Chris

 

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