morel mushrooms/Cindy Hadish

Morel mushrooms from a past spring in Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Iowa may have one of its most fleeting morel seasons this year.

With winter weather lingering well into late April, soil temperatures in the state have only recently been favorable to see the rare delicacies “pop.”

Experts say soil at 50 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for morels to make an appearance, and almost overnight, soil temps have jumped into that range and even above in parts of Iowa.

Small morels were found last week in Fremont County, in southwestern Iowa, according to morel reports, but some mushroom hunters are wondering how quickly the season might pass with little rain during the entire month of April, and temperatures already reaching 80 degrees.

Luckily, forecasts call for showers through much of Iowa this week, giving hope to those with a craving for the spring mushrooms.

Learn about past morel seasons and more about mushrooms in Iowa:

Photos: 2017 Houby Days

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