Grasshopper Concerns

By: Holly Wagner
By: Holly Wagner

Farmers are starting to get worried about whether they'll see a huge population of grasshoppers this summer.

The agricultural pests will be hatching in the next two weeks. Entomologists say if the weather stays wet and temps stay cool, chances are a lot of grasshoppers will die early on.

However if the weather turns warm and dry, farmers could be in trouble.
Farmer Lee Saathoff says, "Especially the corn, they'll just chew into the ears, they can do a lot of damage."

Experts say grasshoppers can eat a lot. Eight to ten in a square foot area can eat as much as a cow.

If the population does grow, experts expect farmers in the sandhills will have big problems with grasshoppers.


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