Grasshoppers gaining ground in western MT
August 6, 2009
A grasshopper infestation is destroying crops and slickening some roads in western Montana with at least a month to go before the insects start dying off. "We have another four to six weeks of grasshopper hell" before frost kills them off, said Helena Atthowe, a horticulturist with the Missoula County Extension Office. Mike Chenoweth, coordinator of Sanders County Weed Control, said that in some parts of the county, roads are slick with grasshoppers. "There's a lot of places I've seen where you can't tell whether it's ground or grasshoppers," he said. Officials urged landowner...