Monday, July 26, 2010

Montana Faces Worst Grasshopper Infestation in Twenty-Five (25) Years

This blog entry about grasshoppers in Montana is a follow-up to two (2) articles I wrote earlier this year about grasshopper infestation in the Western United States. Will the damage caused by these grasshoppers cause our food prices to increase?

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);

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.

Source: The Billings Gazette

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