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Crawfish Production Manual
crawfish manual

Commercial sales of crawfish in Louisiana date back to the late 1800s, and today's crawfish industry includes millions of pounds harvested from farms and natural habitats in the state. This publication covers a wide range of topics on crawfish production, including crawfish biology, pond design, forage management, stocking, water quality, harvesting, marketing and much more.

Management of Recreational and Farm Ponds in Louisiana
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A farm pond or recreational pond can serve many purposes: a source of food, an aesthetic enhancement to property, a sportfishing opportunity, a swimming area, wildlife habitat, or a reservoir for livestock, irrigation and fire fighting needs. The intended purpose or purposes should be well thought out before construction and stocking. This publication reviews planning considerations and management recommendations relating to a number of potential uses for small ponds in Louisiana.

Crawfish Aquaculture in the South
(Video) Crawfish are a favorite among consumers, and their market continues to grow. Getting crawfish to market is not as easy at it looks.Take a look at how crawfish farmers produce one of America's favorite crustaceans.

Crawfish News November/December 2012
Crawfish News November/December 2012

This newsletter discusses proper procedures for monitoring your crawfish population with a dip net, projecting crawfish growth to harvest size based on emergence of young juveniles from burrows, recommendations on trap density and spacing for low-density and high-density populations, considerations to consider in early trapping and the importance of keeping good production records.

Crawfish News September/October 2012 (Vol 5, No 5)
Crawfish News September/October 2012
This newsletter discusses the management of water for fall flood-up, managing excess water from Hurricane Isaac, and understanding oxygen consumption in crawfish ponds.
Crawfish News July 2012 (Vol 5, No 4)
Crawifsh News July 2012
This newsletter discusses determining a cash land rent for farm-raised crawfish production and controlling army worms in late planted crawfish forage crops.
Crawfish Production: Pond Construction and Water Requirements
Crawfish Production: Pond Construction and Water Requirements
This Southern Regional Aquaculture Center fact sheet discusses pond design, layout and construction for crawfish monocropping and rotational production systems as well as water requirements for farming crawfish, including important water quality parameters, their desired levels and water consumption budgets.
Cocahoe Minnow Production
Production Manual
This production manual provides an overview and summary of the best practices for growing cocahoe minnows as bait.
Determining Cash Rental Rates for Agricultural Land
rental rates for ag land
This publication explains three potential methods to determine cash rental rates for landowners and tenants, as well as items to be included in a land rental agreement. (PDF format only)
Cocahoe Minnow Legal Fact Sheet
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In order to raise and sell cocahoe minnows, there are several legal considerations. This fact sheet covers some of them.
Production Scenario Calculator
Production Scenario Excel
Plug your own numbers into this Excel sheet to get relative estimate for different production scenarios. Disclaimer: the numbers generated are a rough estimate and interested parties should get in touch with the point of contact for a more detailed analysis.
Cocahoe Minnow Economics
Economics Fact Sheet
This fact sheet explores the economics behind different production scenarios showing which methods may be the most and least profitable.
Cocahoe Minnow Disease Fact Sheet
Disease Fact Sheet
There are a number of diseases and symptoms that cocahoe minnows can develop in a culture situation. This fact sheet addresses some of the more common issues that may be encountered.
Production Systems
Production Systems
This fact sheet outlines some of the more common cocahoe culture systems.