After looking at last years weather I am surprised I picked any morels in NW Mo at all. It never really rained the entire month of March, cold and dry. First part of April had little to no moisture when the temps were good. Then it went to summer. March has already started better this year. The long range forecast so far shows no huge heat spikes. It is going to take awhile for the soil to warm up after that super cold February and cold start to March. Has a good chance weather wise to be a good producing year. Unfortunately for the Mo. River hunters the season may have ended with the floods. The dumping of the Lakes upstream is going to continue. I feel for the folks getting flooded again. God bless you guys.
The ole Dawg's been known to lose my bearings once I'm wanderin around in dem hills, completely innocent and unintentional I can assure ya.Took a stroll up the at the Loess Hills Wildlife Refuge today. Lots of water for the birds now. A couple of levees broke up north and I 29 is closed at the Iowa border. Tagged a half dozen 1st and 2nd year dead elm over a 4 mile walk. If I had done that 20 years ago I would have easily found at least 20 good elm. Getting more challenging. They will open the refuge hills for about a week and let you pick, the problem is they do it the same week every year so they can be to early or to late. I talked to a ranger about the problem and it made no impression.
Hey Kb! That warm rain was nice to get the forest started. Im also watching the overnight lows next week here in Iowa. Then more rain & overcast into the next week. Overall looking to be a Great year, at least high hopes for one!warm rain coming down in NW Mo. Looks like about 10 days out to any appreciable numbers if it does not get to cold next week. Ground temps in the hills vary so much from slope to slope, top to bottom, more vegetation or less, that it seems I can always find similar early areas most years. Bottom picking on the Mo. River and many of its tributaries is done for this year, I am not sure which rivers avoided the floods, most everything has been under for weeks. I-29 north to Omaha is still closed. A week of warm and dry would help the folks who are flooded.