1. Grasshopper Infestation Swarm Could Destroy Western USA Crops (March 31, 2010);
2. America's Western States Poised for Worst Grasshopper Swarms in Thirty (30) Years (June 2, 2010);
Source: The Billings Gazette
Across 17 Western states, the USDA this year forecasted the worst grasshopper infestation in 25 years, with crop and range damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The forecast was based on an abnormally high number of adult grasshoppers laying eggs last fall in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota.
The infestation has been bad for farmers like Hjorth, who watches as grasshoppers chew through a wheat crop that had record-harvest potential.