Indications are farmers can look forward to an average season which is certainly better than last season, official says
Louisiana crawfish farmers are keeping a watchful eye on their growing crop this season, hoping it will be better than last season when they were hit hard by drought.
"By the indicators that we're seeing, by test traps, it looks like we're gonna have an average crop. I don't think it will be a dramatically low crop, but it doesn't look like an abnormal amount in traps. So I think we're gonna be around an average year, maybe a little bit below," says Stephen Minvielle, executive director of the Louisiana Crawfish Research and Promotion Board.
But will there be enough crawfish to meet the anticipated high demand later in the season? Minvielle believes there will be.
"Probably the first of February, for the Super Bowl, the Mardi Gras parties, hopefully the supply will start picking up pretty good by that time and should be able to meet the demand," Minvielle said.
In the meantime, Minvielle says he's watching his crop closely, waiting for the crawfish to grow to a proper size.