Protect Forage Production with Grasshopper Control

Grasshoppers are one of the most destructive insect pests forage producers face and can pose a threat any year. Strategic grasshopper control can help avoid losses.

Gerald Hobson, DuPont range and pasture specialist, for Progressive Forage Producer

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It’s not just minimal moisture that hurtsforage production; one of the most aggravating effects of drought can be a surge in hungry grasshopper populations.

In outbreak years, grasshoppers are particularly damaging, since they tend to consume precious forage that is in high demand. Avoid losses with effective grasshopper control.

Scout pastures and initiate control measures early, as grasshoppers are much easier to manage in their susceptible nymphal stages than once they’re fully grown. Also, the earlier you control them, the less forage they will have consumed, so watch for favorable grasshopper conditions early in the season. Grasshoppers are eating machines that want the grass you have worked so hard to produce.

Insecticides are a good way to control mounting or extreme grasshopper infestations. Look for products with residual activity to manage populations even after the sprayer pulls out of the pasture.

For more on how to protect forage production with grasshopper control, read article.

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