NASCAR DAD Grasshoppers Invade Grand Forks
Farmers and ranchers want a national disaster declared. Farmers have killed millions and millions of grasshoppers, but not enough to make a dent, there is billions and billions. 60 grasshoppers per sq... Posted on 9/2/09 at 4:03 PM
NEWCASTLE, Wyo. (AP) — Grasshopper infestations have taken on mythic tones here on the arid prairie of northeastern Wyoming — they blanket highways, eat T-shirts off clotheslines and devour nearly every scrap of vegetation on ranches and farms.
WASTA, S.D. (AP) — Grasshoppers are eating grass and other forage grown for livestock in such proportions that some U.S. ranchers are selling cattle because they won’t have feed for the animals this winter.
Mark Tubbs, who ranches in southwest South Dakota and inside the Wyoming border, plans to sell about a third of his cows this fall after putting up a sixth of the hay he usually does. He had been expecting a decent cutting — until the grasshoppers started chomping.
By Carson Walker, The Associated Press
, August 22, 2009
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