Grasshoppers skip Colorado's hay, wheat and fish this year
By Joey Bunch
The Denver Post
After two summers of grasshopper mayhem, Colorado bug scientists, farmers and fishermen are, unexpectedly, hearing only crickets in the tall grasses this year.
Drought, bug spray and the fungus of a cold, wet spring have whittled estimates from as high as 17 grasshoppers per square yard in state test areas the past two years to about 3 per square yard this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Fishermen haven't yet figured out what it might mean this summer.
"We just figured the 'hoppers weren't out yet," said Peter Berntsen, manager of Front Range Anglers in Boulder.
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