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February 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm #93302


I’ll kick off the 2017 season on this forum! I’m in the Army so I’ve been moving around a bit. Spent last season at Fort Knox and managed to find a couple fruitful spots, but now I’m stationed in Coraopolis (I live in the Robinson area). This environment is new territory as this is the furthest north Uncle Sam has sent me.

February 12, 2017 at 11:38 am #93328


hello Jim and thank you for your service!!! Welcome to beautiful Pennsylvania!!

I’m in southwest PA, about 45 min SE of Pittsburgh so we are somewhat close. I am chewing at the bit this year more so than normal. Was in a horrific car accident in Oct 2015 and didn’t start learning to walk again until July of ’16. While my walking isn’t the best, it’s well enough to get me outside for this season! I can’t wait to give my 2 cents and report my finds. :-D And I am hoping they are many! I have a few sites that I may have to pass on due to their steepness but I’m hopeful I’ll be greatly improved in the short time between now and the 1st blacks of the season. You are centrally located to some good areas and could easily travel with the season progression. I am so praying for a better year than last. What I read here and on other boards, it wasn’t a good one for our area. I look forward to your reports and wish you a great season.

February 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm #93329


I read all the boards and have learned so much from them! For those that don’t, here is a link from the Oklahoma 2017 Message board re: air and soil temps as well as rain fall data in a Missouri study that began in 2001. The study looks to draw a correlation between this data and the appearance of the first yellow morels of the season.


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February 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm #93332


Hmmm……… I’m not having any luck posting pictures?

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February 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm #93333


Keep getting bumped out of ( Image URL: ) ?? weird.

February 14, 2017 at 9:03 am #93338


Oldelm. use the HTML Code if you’re using Photobucket.

February 14, 2017 at 10:15 am #93340


February 14, 2017 at 10:18 am #93341


Thanks Jack, not sure what’s up, I’ve posted plenty of pic’s in the past years. I’ll have to get one of my kids to check this out.

February 18, 2017 at 10:29 am #93352


What a beautiful day in southwest PA!! Already 58 degrees and it’s just a little past 10:00 am. 8-O Morel time is just around the corner. I pulled my taps yesterday and cooked the last of my maple sap. Was a short and not so good season in my area. All the fellow tappers I spoke with had the same results and no one with Grade A syrup. :(

But, once the maple season is done, we all know what’s next. I have daffodils in my yard (an area that gets full sun all day) that are 4 to 5 inches tall. They’ve been there since last week. And we have a ton of buds on all the trees. Just checked the next 15 days (weather forecast) and all day & night time temps are above freezing. 2 days are in the high 40′s; all the rest are between 50 and 65 degrees. I know that’s subject to change but . . . ? A little too early for this warmth IMO.

Gonna grab the dog and take a stroll to get some soil temps at my favorite spot. Enjoy the day.

February 18, 2017 at 10:36 am #93353


Just wanted to add that the precip forecast for those 15 days looks really good! We’ll definitely need it.

February 26, 2017 at 9:15 am #93446


From what I\’ve been told, it\’s been unusually warm for Feb heading into Mar. Any thoughts on this warm trend?

March 2, 2017 at 1:14 pm #93528


Went out to my black spot on the 28th to check soil temps and forest growth. Gravel road in was lined with Coltsfoot and there was some greenery of the forest floor. Did not see any growth of trillium nor did I expect to. That said, however, I think I will by the end of next week in this particular spot. Bushes and trees are already w/green leaves as are some of the blackberry bushes. Soil temp @ 1:30ish p.m. near the wash where I find them was 44.3 degrees. I have picked blacks in the very same spot with soil temps @ 48 degrees and with trillium just outta the ground. The next 3 days are cold w/snow but then we are in the low 50-60s for daytime temps and low-high 40′s for night time temps. Forecasted precip is very good, too. I am anxious to hear of an Ohio or WV report . . .

March 3, 2017 at 11:31 am #93537


I also am pulling taps this weekend. I ended up w 1.6 gallons. I hate too bust anyone’s bubble be we only have 1 night in the 50s this whole month. I’m guessing mid April except for maybe a few blacks in the hot spots. End of April for the real flushes of greys and week before mothers day for blondes. We need as much rain as possible this month because our snowpack was so minimal this winter.

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