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.
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See what the morel season looked like one year ago.
Health experts warn against eating mushrooms in Iowa, Nebraska and elsewhere, where extreme flooding has occurred, due to potential contamination.
Otherwise, the recent rains should benefit the morel season, while soil temperatures of 50 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit are said to be ideal for the mushrooms to make their annual appearance.
View the current soil temps for Iowa.
Some morel hunters also time their hunts when the lilacs begin to bloom. While the fragrant blossoms were nearly at that stage one week ago, they have finally begun to open in east-central Iowa, so more morel search parties will undoubtedly be underway in the coming days.