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Crawfish harvest begins

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Crawfish farmers around Acadiana are gearing up for their next harvest. Farmers are hopeful that this year's crop will be better than last year's.

Farmer Alan Lawson's crop is changing with the season. He's turning his rice farm into a crawfish pond.

"We do a rice crawfish rotation," Lawson said. "We usually start flooding them in late September early October or mid-October.

While Lawson says it's too soon to tell what type of crop he'll yield, he says the recent weather gives him hope for a good return.

"We've had a fairly wet summer. When you get good crawfish survival rates like that, you get a lot of wet in the fall and late summer. Provided the weather doesn't get too cold, there should be crawfish," Lawson. 

Jeremy Hebert of the Acadia Parish LSUag Center, added "The warmer weather brings the crawfish out just a little bit earlier. Makes them grow a little bit faster. As far as the price goes we hope the price is good enough."

Crawfish farmers took two major blows last year. The historic flood forced some crawfish out of their burrows earlier than usual. While the white spot virus killed some of the crops.

Now crawfish farmers have to wait to see what this year's crop will bring.
"We just hope that it's a problem free year," Hebert said. "We know with farming there's a lot of different variables that are in play. It's always up to mother nature. Mother nature holds all the cards and we just hope that we are dealt the right ones. "

Lawson added, "The warm weather is a plus. The last couple of years it's been fairly warm in the winter months. We do everything we can, but the rest is up to mother nature." 

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