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From what I see on accuweather, it could be the middle of may for prime yellows. What do you guys think?
 

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It's suppose to be 50's & 60's for the most part for the next couple weeks even with low night time temperatures if the ground temperature gets to 50 they will come! I'm heading out Sunday or Monday to some of my early spots and I'll let you know what I find.
 

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Sounds good. Have you looked at the il ground temps website, I am gonna be unable to hunt by mid may.....hope the yellows pop by the first......then again, how accurate is a long range forecast? I'd like days in the 70s and nights above 50 for a week.
 

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It's shaping up to be a good harvest. Only thing I'm concerned with is the undergrowth is rapidly growing too. I guess that's what a good stick is for.
 

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We'd all like days in the 70's and nights in the 50's. As far as the undergrowth goes nothing much you can do about that but by the time you find those Morels in the undergrowth, they will be huge! Check out my post about the SCMMF on the festivals page maybe you 2 can make it up to that to top off your mushroom season.
 

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So when are you thinking the yellows will be up? I'm hoping they will be in about may 1 around my area. Sangamon county.
 

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They should definetly be up by then. I read on here somewhere that somebody found some grays there now so you should have them in about a week unless something drastic happens.
 

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I wouldn't put too much stock in accuweather's long-rang forecast. The soil is warming nicely but the next couple days/nights should bring it down a bit. I'll probably get out to some early spots tuesday morning as the temps will rebound a bit and some of this damn rain should soak in by then. Hope to find some grays or even a black or two. I've only found one black here in Macon County since 2008.
 

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I know a guy who found 10 blacks last week in cass co. And you are right about the soil temps......they should be where they need to be soon enough. I've hunted a lot over my short life.....I can't remember a year that's this late.
 

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If the undergrowth is growing then the ground temp is fine, low temps are far better then over 55 all the time. Warmer weather helps speed growth but in return shortens the season. Yellows start out as greys btw, it's ultraviolet radiation that changes them yellow. So the more uv rays a morel gets will change them quickly, that's why greys are always in shadier areas but will still change to yellows if left to grow and temps stay low with plenty of rain. The more shade the longer it will take but not all will survive long enough. A warm up over the next month will mean a long season even if the undergrowth is out of control, it makes it a challenge but in return helps shade the great morel from the mean old sun. Morels are made up of a lot of water and the sun takes it away. If the currant conditions hold it will be a great season. The shrooms will still get big, just might take an extra week of growing time.
 

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Not all yellows start out as greys. I have been hunting and observing morels for 40 plus years and have found plenty of yellows that have popped out of the ground the size of thimbles and they were yellow to start with.
 

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@concrete bro it all depends on how much uv rays they get. Plenty of uv rays can change a grey to yellow in an hour or two. Yellows are usually found in thinner canopies or edge of tree lines or just out in the great wide open but they started out grey I promise. Thicker canopy blocks much more of the uv rays. sunny days= lots of uv rays no matter the temp. cloudy days= less uv rays but still uv rays. It's a sun tan for morels basically.
 

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@goshawk, they will change quick when exposed to uv, especially when they are tiny. And it didn't start thimble size, they start microscopic. I'm not saying they will all live long enough to change, I'm saying they start out grey.
 

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Grays do turn yellow and mushrooms do grow 2 things that use to drive me nuts when talking to people and they'd say "the size you find a mushroom the size it's going to be." I'd ask them if they ever found a huge mushroom they'd say yeah and I'd say " did you find a crater next to it because when it pops out of the ground it has to leave a crater being that big!" Never thought of that, they'd say. Got to love Shroomers.
 
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