Rice has been a mainstay of Louisiana agriculture since the 18th century. For years, crawfish was a wild product, harvested mostly in the Atchafalaya Basin between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In the 1970s and ’80s, farmers realized they could make extra money managing the crawfish that already lived in their flooded rice fields. South Louisiana has over 125,000 acres of crawfish ponds coexisting. At one time, rice was grown for the crop. It seems turning the fields into crawfish ponds is more lucrative. For those farmers, the rice is now grown for the crawfish.