Thinking about next season
May 9, 2011
It seems that the season will soon be coming to an end for some. I am hoping that everyone had a successful year and were able to meet all goals set. When preparing for next season, now is a great time to think about what you would like to do differently or what issues you plan to address for the upcoming season. Of course, we can never predict many things in this business; but that unpredictability makes for an interesting commodity. As a reflection of this last season, you may want to ask yourself a few questions:
1. Was the pond overpopulated?
2. Should I rework levees?
3. Was my trapping schedule optimal for this years harvest?
4. Did I manage my forage crop in the best way possible?
5. Should I restock?
6. What would I like to see different next year?
These decisions now will play a part in how next year will perform for you. The best time to start thinking about a course of action is sooner rather than later.
For those of you who will continue catching, make sure to monitor water quality in the ponds to help the crawfish stay healthy enough to produce a crop for next year. As the temperatures get warmer, the ponds have a potential to lose water quality much more quickly. If the crawfish population dies off now, the early catch for flood up next season will be negatively impacted.
I hope everyone has a great week.