The Hunt for Morel Mushrooms is Behind Schedule

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Morel hunters have been dealing with a shortage of the mushrooms.

The elusive mushrooms typically pop out from now until Mother’s Day.

If you can find some and decide to not eat them, you can make a pretty good profit. Morels sell at farmers markets anywhere from $20 to $30 per pound.

Certified morel hunter Brad Argo said the weather has been keeping the mushrooms underground.

"What we're really looking for is some consistent warm days in the 70s and that's what we really haven't gotten. We've gotten some nice warm days followed by a lot of cool days. So that soil temperature hasn't gotten the chance to warm up to what we need to see to see those mushrooms start popping,” Argo said.

Morel experts say the ground temperature four inches below the surface needs to be 55 degrees before you start seeing the mushrooms.