Wednesday, June 02, 2010

America's Western States Poised for Worst Grasshopper Swarms in Thirty (30) Years

I am more spiritual than religious, but there are things happening in the world that seem straight out of Revelations and other stories in the Bible. The waters in the Gulf of Mexico are blood red. Billions of people are starving throughout the world. Earthquakes and volcanoes are ravaging the countrysides.

And now, the proverbial locust/grasshopper storm is set to hit the States of the Western United States this summer. Let's hope and pray that the Rocky Mountain locust is indeed extinct and has not simply been sleeping underground for a 100 years.

A dramatic rise in the number of grasshoppers was found during a survey of the western states conducted last year, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). And while that may seem bad enough on its own, it's really the grasshoppers' kids that are the threat.

If last summer's adults were successful during mating season, then the worst grasshopper infestation in 30 years could strike ranches and agricultural land in the Great Plains states between late July and early August, said Roeland Elliston of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Fort Collins, Colo., who worked on the survey.

For further reading, check out Grasshopper Infestation Swarm Could Destroy Western USA Crops.


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