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Kevin Hoover

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  1. As I mentioned in another thread, the state is clear cutting the mixed hardwood forest behind my father in-law’s camp. Cutting is ongoing now. If I can get a firewood permit from the state for that area, I’m thinking some of the larger limbs would be suitable for starting mushrooms. If I get them soon, thinking around New Years, and inoculate them in February, would that work? I'm also planning several beds of wine caps in wood chips early this spring at various places around the property. And several species of oysters in straw beds.
  2. I understand that he is scheduled to speak at the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club’s Bill Russel Foray this summer.
  3. I asked my wife to get me his guide on boletes for Christmas.
  4. Thanks Dave. As a beginner, I appreciate these deeper discussions. My area is notorious for picking milkies. I’d heard that, and it tracks with every mushroom hunter I talk to around here. Most, that’s about all they hunt. I’m working on a Milky spreadsheet for my own use, and currently have about 50 species that occur around here. That’s from four guides (Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America by Roger Phillips, Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, by Timothy Baroni, Appalachian Mushrooms by Walter Sturgeon, and Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic by Bill Russel). Of those, I see 14 which are edible and four listed as posionous. Just trying to do my homework before I pick any. I also don’t eat anything that I haven’t verified with a knowledgeable mushroom hunter.
  5. We have a cave near here and the entire floor is covered in those. Can’t say I saw any porcupines when I lived in northern VA. Up here in central PA we have lots of them
  6. Looks like porcupine dropping to me.
  7. It mentions fungi hunting springtails. I know certain fungi also hunt nematodes.
  8. Thanks for posting that link. It reinforces what I’ve been seeing lately in forestry studies that I’ve read.
  9. Thanks, I wasn’t sure. My questions were based on plant responses and I wasn’t sure if fungi would respond the same way or not.
  10. I talked to one of the guys I deer hunt with today and he told me that the area behind camp (mixed oak hardwood forest) has been clear cut. That got me thinking. What happens to a mycorrhizal fungus when the tree that it is associated with is cut down? Does it then put all its energy into producing mushrooms in order to disperse all the spores it can? And if it does, does it do it only in its normal fruiting window or as soon as it realizes the tree is no longer providing nutrients, which may mean it may fruit out of season?
  11. They look like they were growing singlely on a lawn? Jack O’Lanterns normally grow in clusters and grow on rotting wood
  12. For example, can an individual hemlock tree have a mycorrhizal relationship with both Hydnum umbilicatum and Lactarius subpurpureus at the same time? Maybe on different roots? Just wondering if I should bother looking for Wine Red milkies under hemlocks where I already found hedgehogs under. I realize I won’t find them until August, but I’m trying to plan ahead.
  13. The ones in that thread don’t appear to have a scaled stem or a bulbous stem base. Yes that is a veil.
  14. My wife found this today under conifer in Central Pennsylvania. Slightly sticky cap, white gills join the stem, stem somewhat scaled and remnants of a ring or veil. Bulb at base of stem. Taking a spore print now. I’m leaving tomorrow for several weeks and all my guide books are packed to
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