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For a month, a friend an I have been looking through cow pastures in the early mornings (3-5) for mushrooms, growing on dung. Everytime we went we found nothing. The temp never dropped below 40, the ground had plenty of dew in the morning, and it rained quite a bit before we went hunting (at least 2-4 days before hand). But, just a few days ago, we went through the same field, and found some shrooms! The temperature is about the same, except the dew isnt on the ground any more. We found them in very crusty, sometimes decaying, cow manure. They, however, are very small, and when dried, look like the size of a pencil lead (the caps.). Im in Missouri. Any ideas of why the ideal situation didnt fruit shrooms?
The mushrooms are varying in length... probably 1-3". They have a white stem with a browinsh cap. Under the cap, Is also brown. When dried, they shrivel up and a black spot will form on the top of the cap. Also, They shrooms we found are fairly small. Will they get bigger with die or just die? Thanks.