By Sigrid Olson

Potomac Hoppers - Spray or Harvest?


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Grasshoppers cover the freshly cut hay in Potomac. Residents are concerned about crop and other plant damage in the valley. They met with Missoula County Extension Office to explore management options to deal with them.

POTOMAC - Multiple species of grasshoppers are throughout Potomac Valley this summer in hayfields, gardens, roadways and lawns. Some residents were concerned enough about crop and other plant damage to request more information and reached out to Missoula County Extension office.

In response, a Potomac hopper survey was completed in June. Richard (Joe) Merenz, Gary Adams and Shayne Galford from the USDA presented a grasshopper management workshop July 11 at the Blackfoot Church of Potomac where more than 23 people attended.

Resident Denny Iverson has dealt with hoppers in the past. Although...

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