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Sorry SG, I'm already all in on a new, green deal, Morel Super Farm in the Orkney's. Since you don't want my competition how bout you buy me out? No million dollar Zimbabwean bills for me though, I want payment in good old grey morels. In Zim dollars that would be about 3 large greys, or even that one in that picture. I have not found a grey that looked like that all year, which tells you what a screwy year it has been my way. Glad to see what a good year you guys are having over that way. Sometimes its not the quantity picked as much as the quality of the hunt that is important. I have to remind myself of that in years like this. I may have one more go at NW Iowa if for no other reason than to enjoy finding a new spot for next year.
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Man, KB, I just gave away a bag of about 30 of the nicest, tight-gilled, 4-inch grays you can imagine. I could've owned the farm and the Orkney's themselves! Since I'm now grayless (notwithstanding hair), I'll need to get out for one final forage...thinking Maquoketa River area in Jones & Jackson Counties. If you're anywhere near Peterson, check out the Little Sioux River valley up there. So if I get your farm and the Mushroom Institute in Udhampur, India, I'll corner the market. Know any good yachts for sale?
 

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Let's do it. Message me and we'll set it up. Just a guess, but I'm thinking April 25-May 10 should be in the zone somewhere here, whether N,S,E, or W next year. Sounds like you were a couple weeks early. Did you use your cactus core stick up here? Sticks are so important but seemingly neglected as a topic. With a stick like that I'd think the shrooms would be jumping into your bag! I'm heading up north this Friday for a few days, then I'm done. It's been an uncharacteristically long season. My stick is tired. A friend in southern Iowa found his first on April 17 down around Keokuk. I found my first on 4/23, about 70 miles north of there, in southern Johnson Co. On 5/11 I found a couple pounds in Mahaska County. And things are still happening north of here. Conditions have prolonged the season far and wide and preserved what has sprung, and have been optimal across most of the counties in the middle tier from about Dallas/Polk-eastward.
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SG, I have a top of the line, 102 River,Flat bottom, luxury mushroom picking jon boat, with all the fancy stuff, like a motor and oars just in case. All yours for only 1 billion in Zim dollars or just 1 bag of greys.
 

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May be the weekend in Western Iowa for areas surrounded and shaded by Cedars. From what I found last weekend, I think it may actually surprise some people on how many fresh morels will still be found, but may have to dig in the shade a bit more with the upcoming temperatures.

Get them before the monsoon ensues!
 

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Dan my man, Good to see someone has not given up in W. Iowa. So have you had luck on cedar up there in the past? I have picked on cedar in Kan. and they do well in Ok., I can't think of ever picking on cedar in Iowa. Were you north of S.C. or below it last weekend. It's a long drive for me from Mo., but I sure hate to quit. I found nothing really big last Sat. so I was hoping to get back that way this weekend. Any info. you have would be greatly appreciated and returned as needed.
 

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Dan my man, Good to see someone has not given up in W. Iowa. So have you had luck on cedar up there in the past? I have picked on cedar in Kan. and they do well in Ok., I can't think of ever picking on cedar in Iowa. Were you north of S.C. or below it last weekend. It's a long drive for me from Mo., but I sure hate to quit. I found nothing really big last Sat. so I was hoping to get back that way this weekend. Any info. you have would be greatly appreciated and returned as needed.
KB, I was just south last weekend. I haven't torn it up in the past on cedars, but have not really targeted them until recently when I stumbled upon them by accident in the hills. I mostly look on private though. From what I seen size-wise last week, I think this weekend could still be productive.

The cedar patches I have found have only been a few lbs, but I think it is worth checking on the edges of predominately deciduous forests.

Good luck, maybe I will run into you.
 

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SG, I have a top of the line, 102 River,Flat bottom, luxury mushroom picking jon boat, with all the fancy stuff, like a motor and oars just in case. All yours for only 1 billion in Zim dollars or just 1 bag of greys.
I bought mine on Craigslist for $200 several years ago. Real beauty I’ve patched up with JB Weld many times. No motor 12 ft flat bottom Jon that I just throw in back of truck. Put over 1000 lbs of catfish in that boat and several pounds of morels. Couple spots in Platte county I can tell you about that need a boat. I’m moving and most likely not going to be back in Platte to hunt.
 

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I bought mine on Craigslist for $200 several years ago. Real beauty I’ve patched up with JB Weld many times. No motor 12 ft flat bottom Jon that I just throw in back of truck. Put over 1000 lbs of catfish in that boat and several pounds of morels. Couple spots in Platte county I can tell you about that need a boat. I’m moving and most likely not going to be back in Platte to hunt.
Not good hunting the last 3 days,season ending? Talking about boats reminds me does anyone know where to buy cheap campers? Getting tired of fighting storms in a tent! Trying to talk my husband into getting a camper or Winnebago but not a lot of cash right now.
 

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Not good hunting the last 3 days,season ending? Talking about boats reminds me does anyone know where to buy cheap campers? Getting tired of fighting storms in a tent! Trying to talk my husband into getting a camper or Winnebago but not a lot of cash right now.
Still popping in Polk county. Finally down low. Looks like still ok until Monday for me. Four + pounds in two hours today. I just ran both sides of a creek and found lots of ones and twos and two decent patches. Crazy, but a few are grey one month into the season, definitely a first for me. Season will be a rare five weeks long.
 

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@fun gus I found some babies too. One log, was laying right on top of another, with a flush of them struggling to grow, out from under it. About 6 more bloom sights, lower, on the same, bottom log. Hope it's not the same flush, lol!
I just want to state that these babies are not always right by the ground! I have found huge blooms of them, 10' up, on dead trees that are held up from completely falling to the ground, by other trees. Just a tip, hope it helps someone. =)
Timed them perfect I think? What you think @fun gus?
 

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Trimmed 5 clusters of 6, from same log. Covered the bases up, and left them, and several to regenerate. Thanks @fun gus
Hey SD and others, Have you ever watched the videos put out by Adam Heritan? He is knowledgeable and his videos are interesting and fun to watch. He has videos about mushrooms, plants, trees etc. If you haven't checked any out you should!
 

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Hey SD and others, Have you ever watched the videos put out by Adam Heritan? He is knowledgeable and his videos are interesting and fun to watch. He has videos about mushrooms, plants, trees etc. If you haven't checked any out you should!
he is very interesting, and is currently offering an on line class to get registered for. I don't know if it's free or not though. PA, and IA have similar fungi. Welcome here!
 

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Trimmed 5 clusters of 6, from same log. Covered the bases up, and left them, and several to regenerate. Thanks @fun gus
Eat any? First saw them two years ago. Ate first time last year. They are good, I hear they have to be cooked to release toxins, like most edibles. But these should be cooked through or have bitterness. If bitter, needs cooked longer. I picked my growing batch today, not sure but think maybe three inchers are the tastiest. I’ve had tons of morels starting 4/16 and have 20# in the frig I need to deal with, so I’m thinking of freezing five pounds out of the nine pounds of oysters to figure out the best way to prepare when I’m not winding down from a long, but cherished tradition. Fairly interesting, they are native to Russia and people started cultivating them in the us. They are now adapting to the wild all over the country. They are in one of my three primary hunting grounds, but likely will become more common everywhere, similar to garlic mustard and Virginia creeper which were nonexistent twenty five years ago.
Anywho, I’m open to ideas if you like them and found good ways to prepare.
 
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