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Crawfish season off to a good start

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Now that those holiday meals are behind us, whose ready for some crawfish? So far indicators are showing that crawfish farmers can look forward to a plentiful season.

Crawfish farmers said they've got plenty of crawfish early.

"We had a real good weather situation here. It hasn't been too cold, hasn't been too hot. Also we had just the right amount of rain. We've also got a really good snow season coming which will also help extend the season," Jim Gunkel of Quality Poultry and Seafood said.

An extended season is sure to keep the folks, who look forward to the Cajun delicacy, coming back for more. Not only does it mean more profit for the farmers, it also translates into money saved for consumers.

"It usually starts around mid-November after Thanksgiving, but they've been more plentiful this year. The price, because of that, has actually dropped. Our cost is probably about a dollar less this time," Gunkel said

From the crawfish farmers to the seafood salesmen, the influx of those red mud bugs is sure to have them all seeing a lot of green.

"The demand is pretty good. In a couple weeks we've got Superbowl weekend. The demand will be really great all through March, February and April. Then the Crawfish start getting a little bigger, then it kind of peaks off and the season kind of dwindles down in June or July," Gunkel said.

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