AGRICULTURE: Invaders Feast on Crops

In Idaho, swarms of them can be seen from miles away, and troubled farmers speak of "watching the grasshoppers coming over the mountains." The insects are imperiling $1.1 billion worth of alfalfa, grain, beans and potatoes in southern Idaho. In South Dakota, grasshoppers, army worms and corn borers have laid waste to thousands of acres of crops.

This summer's severe insect infestation has also struck North Dakota, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada. Heavy snows, followed by a cool, damp spring, led to what farm experts called "a real good hatch" of grasshoppers. Idaho had requested $10 million in...

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