They find them out in the river bottoms where cottonwoods are plentiful. I found some dead cottonwoods that were very large and limbs fallen to the ground but it was so dry out last year I did not find any around them. I will pay closer attention to them this year and others near me. Where in NE are you at?
I have wondered the exact same thing, and for the last couple years I have been paying attention to the Cottonwood trees after I picked up on the massive flushes other states have around them. So far no luck for me. This year I plan to spend more time around the rivers around here to put a little more time into looking around the Cottonwoods. I do have luck with a number of Sycamore trees, usually towards the very end of the season.
Sycamore trees are everywhere near me. I tried to look around them last year and there were stinging nettles surrounding the area, terrible when you charge in and don't notice until its too late. Most around me are on flat wide riverbanks with sandy soil. Lotsa cottonwoods too.
I didn't have a very good year last year either. Too dry n hot. I've found them around sycamores in southern/central Ohio but never really looked up here. Perhaps KSUshroomer or another member here may have some insight on sycamores in north east ohio
I have hunted cottonwoods for years now. The cottowood will normally explode with morels for a year or two then completely peter out. I found 200+ around a cottonwood that was harvested the year before. Came back the year after my large find to have 1 pop out.
cooley, last year wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't the worst for me either. I think last year was on track to be really good, but then, bam it got too cold after the morels had started here. I found a lot of stunted mushrooms last year so I can only imagine how many I didn't see.
jdk32581, the sandy dark soil is there with the sycamores that I find morels under, but the other common factor is a THICK leaf blanket under these tree's. I don't know if that is part of the reasons for the mushrooms liking it there but it's just something I have noticed. I do think the leaf cover(and the large canopy) is responsible for making the ground warm up slower around the sycamores and that's why those spots are the last places I typically find morels every year(Its a bummer when I see them under the sycamores because I know what is coming and that it's ending fast). The great thing about the Sycamores I have found, is that they flush about a dozen mushrooms every year(good or bad years).
You mean leaf cover as in dead leaves on the ground not green leaves of shrubbery around the trees right ?
Those big ole sycamores do have some giant leaves. They probably are consistent every year because there is always moisture down there even in a drier year . I have also read that deep river valleys / ravines trap cool air and keep temperature down until later in the season .
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