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prostyleoffensetime
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
As much of a bitch that modern rice farming is, I can’t imagine what it was like 100-150 years ago.

If anybody interested in rice farming is ever in the Charleston, SC area, go tour Middleton Place. Really cool old rice plantation and you can still see where the old rice fields are and how they were irrigated out of the Ashley River.


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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
There were rice fields in St. Tammany Parish between Goodbee and Madisonville. The area where Hannan High School is and other places along Turnpike and Bootlegger Roads were rice fields at one time. They were long gone by the time I was a boy, but there were places where you could still see the levees that were built for rice farming. My Dad remembers them well.


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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
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MrLSU


Are you from the area?


GREENHEAD22
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
Was about to ask the same thing.

Thanks for all the info TT. I live right in that rat trap of an area for now. Didn't realize this was the area they were talking about.
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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
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Thanks for all the info TT. I live right in that rat trap if an area for now. Didn't realize this was the area they were talking about.



You're welcome. My family has been in that area since before the days of the West Florida Republic; the local cemeteries are full of my kinfolk (some who violently met their doom ).
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GREENHEAD22
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
1912 was a big flood year for the Mississippi river, the high water in Madisonville came from the tchefuncte or from storm surge off the Lake?
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MrLSU
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
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Are you from the area?


Used to own a very large tract of land next to the Guste Property.


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FrenchJoe
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
I used to fish on Waggaman Pond in the early 60's. I remember it being said that it was a rice field. Rented pirogues for 50 cents a day and loved to fish the ponds for bream and Green Trout. Can't believe it's a subdivision now.


GREENHEAD22
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re: Was rice ever a major crop in SE LA?
This whole parish will just be one big subdivision, sickening to see what it has become. If I can ever convince th Mrs., we are headed out of state. It is amazing the amount of wetlands and natural drainage they have and continue to develop consequences be damn.


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