FARMERS: Grasshoppers Coming

Just as the wheat farmers and cattlemen in the old dust-bowl area saw success ahead with lots of rain, big crops and good prices, along—as always—came something else. Last week, in millions of waving green acres of western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and extending north into Nebraska and south into the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico, the something else was the promise of the worst grasshopper plague in 20 years.

Out of the ground, where female hoppers deposited pods of 50 to 75 eggs apiece last summer, crawled up to 600 tiny, green, perfectly shaped grasshoppers per square yard (60 is...

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