Morel mushroom hunters are holding out hope for finding the springtime delicacies, even after Iowa’s weather has fluctuated from summertime temperatures to winter-like snow within days. Related: Three Frozen Kings folklore A few counties in southern Iowa reported finding tiny morels or “micro-minis” as early as April 12, when the state experienced record or near-record […]
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Mushroom hunters finally finding morels ...
Soil temperatures in Iowa and Nebraska are finally warming enough to jump-start the morel mushroom season. After a chilly early spring, morel hunters began reporting their “finds” April 16 in Nebraska and April 21 in Iowa, according to Nebraska Morels and the Iowa Morel Report. The sponge-like delicacies need sufficient moisture and soil temperatures to […]
Morel mushroom search tips
Morel mushrooms, the elusive delicacies found during springtime in wooded areas, are already being discovered in Iowa, as well as neighboring Nebraska and other states. The proper amount of moisture and soil temperature allows the spongelike mushrooms to “pop,” and that combination appears to be just right as of early April in some areas. Learn […]
Morel mushrooms pop up as signs of hope ...
Even in these uncertain times, Iowans are finding one thing to look forward to: mushroom hunting. Already, some morel hunters are finding the sponge-like delicacies in the southern half of Iowa, despite snow last week throughout the state. Social distancing in light of the coronavirus pandemic just means that solitary mushroom hunting, or in very […]
Czech Village Houby Days photos: mushroo...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Occasional downpours put a damper on the 42nd Annual Houby Days in Czech Village, but intrepid Czechs and friends-of-Czechs made the best of the weekend’s weather. Saturday’s Houby Days Parade, sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation, battled through early morning showers that led to sunshine and warm temperatures later that day. Learn […]
Ideal morel conditions lead up to Czech ...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Rain and cool temperatures have given Iowans nearly a month of ideal morel mushroom weather, just in time for the Houby Days festival, from May 17-19, 2019. The annual event, in its 42nd year, celebrates all things houby — the Czech word for mushroom — along 16th Avenue SW in Czech […]
Morel mushroom reports picking up in Iow...
Nearly a week of rainy days and below-normal temperatures have stunted the growth of many things in Iowa, but reports of morel mushroom finds are on the rise. Starting during more pleasant days in mid-April, soil temperatures in some parts of the state were warm enough for the sponge-like mushrooms to pop. Related: Czech legend […]
Photos: Houby Days 2018 in Cedar Rapids,...
CEDAR RAPIDS – It was nearly a clean sweep in the morel contest during this year’s Houby Days, a three-day festival that celebrates the springtime mushroom and the city’s Czech heritage. Mike Haugsted of Cedar Rapids won the largest, smallest and best mushroom displays in the annual contest. Brody Driscoll of Hiawatha broke Haugsted’s streak […]
A lost morel season?
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 […]
Houby Days 2017 photo gallery
CEDAR RAPIDS – It literally rained on our parade at this year’s Houby Days in Czech Village, but the annual festival offered many bright spots, as well. For those most interested in the event’s namesake mushrooms, winners were announced in the morel contest: Team TMT (Tom Slade, Morgan Driscoll and Tyson Gosnell) won both the […]