Weird News Throwback: In 2004, Half a Million Crawdads Invaded a Southern Indiana Farmer’s Field
Turning Corn into...Crawdads?
WLKY dug into their archives for this news story, dating back nearly 20 years ago to 2004. After some significant rainfall, what emerged from the Southern Indiana soil wasn't exactly what was planted. The farmer tending his fields expected to see his corn and soybean popping up from the ground, however instead of were hundreds of thousands of crawdad mounds. The majority of the field's acreage was overtaken by crawdads!
This happened in what seemed like the course of a night, according to the farmer. A scientist visited this Clark County mystery to help shed some light on a very unique and odd event. Dr. McGreggor said that they're Devil Crayfish, almost as if a Biblical plague had taken over farmer George Hallett's crop fields. The classification brought about some laughter, though that is the actual name for the crawdads, also called Red Swamp Crawfish.
The flood waters helped the spread of the crawdads throughout the fields, during a rainy start to the 2004 summer season, according to the visiting scientist. Nearly half a million was estimated at the time of the crop takeover. However, the infestation wasn't a means to the end of the field, and was stated that thanks to the crawfish burrows, the land had gotten a great source of aeration. Crops can be replanted in these instances.
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