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Crawfish crop not ready for Carnival... yet



Do you love boiled crawfish as part of your Carnival celebration?   It's not working out well this year.

With the Mardi Gras season getting started, this year's crawfish harvest might not be ready for a few more weeks. LSU Ag Center Researcher Ray McClain says it's still going to take some time because of the unusually cold winter.

"The prolonged cold weather that we had virtually shut down growth of crawfish," McClain says.
 
That means crawfish will be hard to find this weekend. McClain says there will still be some available to boil, but they could be small because they haven't grown much in the cold weather.

McClain says even though the air temperature has warmed up, water temperatures are still relatively cool. He says it will take a few more warm days to help water temperatures rise, then crawfish will be more easily attainable for the end of the Mardi Gras season.
 
"The farmers should gradually see increased catches from their fields if water temperature maintains its warming trends."

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