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Farmers: Outlook for crawfish harvest is decent

4 years 9 months 1 week ago Friday, January 02 2015 Jan 2, 2015 January 02, 2015 10:21 AM January 02, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

HOUMA - With this year's winter seeing mild temperatures so far, crawfish farmers are expecting a decent crop of crawfish in the coming months.

Cold weather sends crawfish into a lethargic state where they don't feed as much and many bury themselves in the mud. Warmer temperatures make crawfish more active and they are therefore caught more easily. Last year's cold winter saw good crawfish harvests delayed until March.

"The season is going pretty good," Kyle LeBlanc, a Raceland farmer, told The Courier (http://bit.ly/1xmKP5H ). "Last year we had such a bad winter."

He predicted harvests by mid-January will pick up and continue throughout February just in time for Mardi Gras, barring a snap of cold weather.

Farmers usually start crawfishing in December.

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