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Old Mar 21, 2017, 8:33 pm   #1
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Soil Temps

I was doing some research online and came across some information pointing to morels popping with certain soil temps. Anyone have any experience with this? If their theory would hold any weight we should expect to see some morels popping in the next couple weeks in northern indiana.
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Old Mar 21, 2017, 9:52 pm   #2
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I've read a lot about soil temperatures and morel production. It is hard to get a concensus on exactly what temperature and at what depth in the soil the reading is taken. A couple weeks from now is in line with the usual range of dates for northern Indiana. My experience is 10 days either side of April 20.
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Old Mar 21, 2017, 10:05 pm   #3
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Agreed it seems to be pretty close to usual time around here. Its also not clear as to how many days it needs to be in this temp.
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Old Mar 22, 2017, 9:07 pm   #4
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A lot of the things I have read point to 53 as that magic number. And I think roughly 5+ days in a row of those types of temps, taken 3 inches deep. I'm not quoting any sources here, but it seems to be the way I remember it. I'm thinking about trying out a probe thermometer this year
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Old Mar 22, 2017, 10:15 pm   #5
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Yeah i purchased a cheap one a week ago just to give it a try. I plan to take some temps when i come across some finds.
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Old Mar 22, 2017, 10:16 pm   #6
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I'm gonna put the data into a spreadsheet and hopefully gather some useful data. If you do happen to purchase one and try it please send me a pic of your finds with the temp reading! I would greatly appreciate it!
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Old Mar 26, 2017, 10:16 pm   #7
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They've been found this year in SW Michigan. Reports came in today.
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Old Apr 4, 2017, 10:43 pm   #8
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Yeah I've seen a few reports but nothing making me wanna give up on good fishing and get out there just yet. I'm hoping to wait another two weeks if conditions allow. We will see. Craig we both know our side may be a while yet. I'm interested to see what'll happen with the forcasted weather. West side could get going fast, or the snow could stop it quickly.
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Michael Kuo has suggested they can start as low as 47 degrees. I don't bother until the low 50's
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When we lived up north I tried to track the relation between ground temp and morels showing up. I used to take temp 4" deep and I would check it ever couple of days.

Never found a sweet spot of preferred temps for morels.
I've seen the morels start when ground was still in low 40's, and some years not until 50's.
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