Field Trippin’ to Louisiana

Rice Field

So no, there wasn’t any Twelve Things Tuesday post this week. Just didn’t have time for that, but I think I’ve got a pretty good alternative. So check out what you see below and don’t forget to catch up on past Twelve Things Tuesday posts.Twelve Things TuesdayThis past week, I had the opportunity at work to go out in the field to South Louisiana and see some of our wells. 32 hours of driving, talking, sleeping, walking, and of course taking pictures! It was a quick trip but a welcomed one at that. Trips out into the field in the flesh to really put meaning to what I do in the office. It was especially cool because this time I was also able to meet one of our landowners we are working with and see that side of it all. When I got back and looked through the pictures I couldn’t wait to share with you the awesome beauty of Louisiana. I know close to nothing about rice, soybean and crawfish farming so I found it all so fascinating.Rice Field

The pictures above are all of the rice fields surrounding our wells. However, these pictures absolutely don’t do them any justice. In person, they look as though God turned his contrast setting all the way up, especially on the day we were out there. Not often does it work out where it’s raining cats and dogs in Texas and when we get to Louisiana, it doesn’t rain a lick. The sun was shining on Thursday and I was in awe at how beautiful it was. It reminded me of how beautiful agriculture is whether rain or shine. Pictured below is a field of soybeans. From what I understand, in these parts, they rotate between rice, crawfish and beans. Soybean FieldLast time I was out in the field I got a few pictures of the crawfish in the fields. But June is late in the season here in Louisiana, so there were a lot of the fields being drained or already drained.

Crawfish Being from South Texas, I really have never seen or learned about farming any of these. But after speaking with the landowners and locals I found it all so interesting. So naturally, I spent a couple of hours this weekend googling. Still not an expert but now I do know a few fun facts. And since I didn’t give you Twelve Things Tuesday, I’ll give you 12 facts you may have not known about crawfish, rice or soybeans!

  1. Louisiana was the first state to have an Official Crustacean. Naturally, it’s the crawfish.
  2. Crawfish production falls under the category of aquaculture.
  3. Most crawfish are harvested between December and June, with March, April and May being the peak months in Louisiana.
  4. A crawfish has 4 pair of walking legs and 4 pair of swimming legs.
  5. Crawfish swim a lot faster backwards than forward.
  6. There are more than 500 different species and sub-species of crawfish; however in Louisiana, only 2 are harvested commercially, the red swamp crawfish and the white river crawfish.
  7. In the South, they are called crawfish, up North, crayfish, and in the West, crawdad.
  8. Humans have been eating rice for over 5.000 years.
  9. Commercial rice farming in Louisiana began in the late 1800s.
  10. 10,000 farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Missouri grow over 24 billion pounds of rice each year.
  11. Rice fields can also be used to farm crawfish.
  12. In 2014, Louisiana lead the nation in soybean production.

If you’re a nerd and want to learn more about crawfish production, click here.

I’m looking forward to future trips to the field and more opportunities to take some pictures and eat more crawfish!

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