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Old Apr 25, 2016, 2:37 pm   #1
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First of the year... Not as you would expect.

So me and the fiance spent about 4 hours wandering through the woods in northern indiana saturday looking for some sponges... Didn't find a thing. I came into work this morning complaining to some patients about not finding anything. As i sat down at my desk i glanced out the window and wouldn't ya know...
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Old Apr 25, 2016, 3:13 pm   #2
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Congrats! It's all about the microclimates. I found some old yellows and fresh grays today. If forecast holds its going to be a good next couple weeks.
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Old Apr 25, 2016, 8:56 pm   #3
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I found pheasant backs in my early spot on April 24th last year (pics below).
Then not till May 5th did I find a morel under my dead elm tree (pic below).
Now its April 25th and the pheasant backs under my elm tree are bigger than last year, but still no morels.
So my bet is that I will not find a morel under this tree until next week min.
All I am saying is I think here on the mid-east side were a 1.5 wk away?
At least from some good pickin, meaning shrooms you can see and cook, lol.

I have a question, maybe wrong form, but do you guys think that when an elm loses all its bark and gets pheasant backs its done producing morels? My answer is yes, because this elm I have been picking for 10 years has now lost its bark and is getting pheasant backs and the amount of morels it produces each year is down to a hand ful (from what was hundreds), yes under one tree.

Guess I have to move on (sorry, I thought the sad icon would go here)

Enough grieving for and tree, lets get excited about the 2016 morel season !!
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Old Apr 25, 2016, 10:33 pm   #4
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The dead elms are typically good for a few years and then the morels stop. A few years back I ran into a bit of a morel crisis. The elms were almost all too far gone to produce and the ash trees were dying from the emerald ash borer. I've worked the last couple years on finding alternate trees for morels that produce yearly like black cherry, Apple, sycamore, and certain maples.
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Old Apr 25, 2016, 11:18 pm   #5
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I have also found them under Eastern White Pine.
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Old Apr 25, 2016, 11:42 pm   #6
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I've found them in white pines also, but I've found them to be inconsistent. One year they will be there and the next they won't even with ideal conditions.
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White pines are dying too.
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