Skip to comments.“They’re Everywhere” – Megadrought Sparks Grasshopper Plague In Western US
Posted on 06/27/2021 9:29:57 AM PDT by blam
By now, it’s become quite evident that the western half of the U.S. is facing one of the worst megadroughts in decades. We’ve spoken about fallow land and drying up reservoirs, but the question remains what happens next?
Well, it’s not great, and it’s straight out of the playbook from the 1930s Great Depression when the same parts of the U.S. were transformed into a desert, triggering a grasshopper plague.
A.P. News said federal agriculture officials are set to launch one of the largest grasshopper-killing campaigns in three decades amid an outbreak. The insects belong to the suborder Caelifera family and are probably the most ancient living group of chewing herbivorous insects. These creatures survive and multiply rapidly in drought or very dry conditions and will decimate crops.
Before we dive further into the grasshopper plague, the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of the western half of the U.S. is in some form of drought. Some places are more severe than others – but many of these lands produce an immense amount of farm goods.
So back to insect plague where A.P. spoke with a resident Frank Wiederrick of central Montana’s Phillips County, who said grasshoppers are springing up on his ranch.
“They’re everywhere,” Wiederrick said. “Drought and grasshoppers go together and they are cleaning us out.”
If extreme drought conditions continue in parts of the U.S., harvests this year could be severely impacted.
The United States Department of Agriculture has published a map of the grasshoppers spreading across arid regions of the western half of the U.S.
Agriculture officials had seen this year’s infestation coming after a 2020 survey found dense concentrations of adult grasshoppers across about 55,000 square miles (141 ,000 square kilometers) in the West. A 2021 grasshopper “hazard map” shows densities of at least 15 insects per square yard (meter) in large areas of Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon and portions of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and Nebraska. -A.P.
“Left unaddressed, federal officials said the agricultural damage from grasshoppers could become so severe it could drive up beef and crop prices,” A.P. warned.
More grasshopper maps here.
Mega-drought? Heck, why not Giga-drought? Tera-drought. Uber-drought!
You have to get them when they’re young.
I hopefully won’t find out. There’s still lots of beef, elk, deer, everything else up here heh.
Started with “kung Fu”.
Sure why not. They're not high enough yet.
Fried Mexican Grasshoppers, Chapulines, Will Knock You Out Of A Taco Rut
Maxi drought. Unprecedented! Never since “records” started being kept. Anything that happened before records (NOT 33/45/78) doesn’t count. Apparently. Although, a couple weeks ago on a side trip from Elko back to Reno we stopped at a rest area and you could hear the crickets crunching as we pulled in. Yikes. Reminded me of crawfish migrating across I-10 just east of New Orleans. Just not as tasty. :-}
Never mind that annoying Communist Revolution. Look over here! Grasshoppers!
Mormon crickets sound like popcorn under 18 wheels.
but the question remains what happens next?
That is easy.
Just read the Bible (especially revelations)
It’s all there.
Droughts and plagues are only the first things.
Much worse to follow.
In the geological record, there has been a bunch of times when California experienced 100, 300, and even 500 year long droughts. However, the West is a LOT greener today than even 70 years ago, and there are vastly more birds.
Birds that eat grasshoppers.
However, if you really want to reduce their numbers in a hurry, breed and released dragonflies will do the trick. Bats are also voracious eaters of grasshoppers.
Someone could set up a “killing field” for grasshoppers easily, to bring them where the predators are waiting, just by erecting bright illumination lights around a bare area.
**Someone could set up a “killing field” for grasshoppers easily,**
In the olden days before the Dems destroyed everything you could rent a real FLAME THROWER to clean out the grasshopper nests.
(From the article):" They’re everywhere,” Wiederrick said. “Drought and grasshoppers go together and they are cleaning us out.”
"If extreme drought conditions continue in parts of the U.S., harvests this year could be severely impacted."
The United States Department of Agriculture has published a map of the grasshoppers spreading across arid regions of the western half of the U.S."
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