Grasshopper Invasion Threat In West This Summer

March 30th, 2010 - 8:02 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
grasshopperNewcastle, March 30, (THAINDIAN NEWS) This summer, according to the findings of the federal research team, could turn to be a nightmare for farmers and ranchers in South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Idaho. According to the survey conducted by the federal government researchers, the number of adult grasshoppers in these regions suggest that there might be an outbreak of grasshoppers this year which would likely destroy a large part of the prairie ranch and farmland. While aerial insecticide spray will cost millions, farmers and ranchers are praying for adverse weather conditions to prevail which would result in stifling of grasshoppers in the months of May and June, when the eggs hatch.

According to the survey, many adult female grasshoppers were found in this region during the fall. One female grasshopper lays around hundreds of eggs in a cluster that survives the log period and then hatches in summer. According to the survey, around 48 million acres is likely to be affected by the grasshopper infestation this year. Charles Brown, the manager of national grasshopper suppression program under the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, mentioned to the media that this outbreak will be the worst in the last thirty years.

Grasshopper who feed on grass can manage to affect a long stretch of land as some breeds of grasshoppers can fly as much as 60 miles per day. They can eat a lot and waste six times more than that. Though the governments do not have any record of the damage done by the grasshoppers till now, according to reports it might cost more than $1 million to each county to control the grasshopper invasion this summer.

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