|Possible grasshopper problems in West Central Nebraska|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 05 May 2011 14:53|
Over 13.5 million acres in Western Nebraska are at high risk for serious grasshopper infestations this year, based on the 2010 fall adult grasshopper surveys conducted by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The number of adult grasshoppers last year is an indicator of the number of eggs laid in the fall, which is the overwintering stage of most grasshopper species. Due to this potential threat, ranchers and landowners of rangeland in these high risk areas should be prepared to monitor the possible build-up of grasshoppers during the egg hatching period and early development periods of the most damaging species during May and June.
Matthew Masek, General Forecaster, National Weather Service, “Summer 2011 – A Climate Outlook”
Jerry Volesky, Range & Forage Specialist, West Central Research & Extension Center,
“ Balancing Forage Supply and Demand – Including Grasshoppers”
Dave Boxler, Extension Educator – Entomology, West Central Research & Extension Center, “Grasshopper Biology, Control Strategies and Survey Updates”
The program will be held May 27 at the UNL West Central Research & Extension Center, Snyder Building at 1:30 p.m. CDT.. The Center is located at 402 West State Farm Rd, North Platte, Nebraska.
For more information contact Dave Boxler at 308-696-6721 or the Lincoln-McPherson Office at 308-532-2683 or 1-800-200-1381.