Water Quality Critical

June 28, 2010

The June 2010 newsletter is out:

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/aquaculture/crawfish/Newsletters/Crawfish-News-June-2010-Vol-3-No-4.htm

Please check out the newsletter for detailed information related to your production at this time of year. We would like to receive feedback on the newsletter: is it too short? too long?, are there topics you would like to read more about? do you like it? do you hate it? you can email any comments to: rdjohnson@agcenter.lsu.edu and they will be shared with all of the contributors to the newsletter.

A Summer newsletter will be coming out soon that will be longer than usual, but will cover many topics that may be of interest, so stay tuned.

At this time of year, most producers have pulled from the fields. For the most part, there are very few still harvesting, but overall did seem to go much later into the year than last year.If there are some still harvesting, please keep in mind that water quality is still crucial and if the water is allowed to get “bad,” the crawfish could be affected for next year.

If water is still in the ponds, making sure that water quality remains high now can impact the future harvesting season, primarily because  it can take 5-6 months for a crawfish to reach harvestable size. Therefore, if there are young in the pond now, they will reach harvestable size in December. If bad water kills all of the young now, there will not be a catch there for the earlier part of the season.

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