Ag officials: ‘Bad year’ for grasshoppers in Utah

Officials say it’s been a particularly bad year for grasshoppers in southern Utah, with at least one farmer losing tons of cantaloupes and hundreds of fruit trees. Entomologist Clint Burfitt of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says there have been 15 to 20 pest-related outbreaks in Utah so far this year. He tells The Spectrum that the cause can be traced to ideal conditions for the locusts last year, and he points to food resources and the timing of precipitation and hatching. David S...

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