Walking through a field, these insects fly up in biblical plague like proportions. Currently they are mowing pastures, alfalfa and bean fields. We will once again spray the edges of our wheat strips when the young shoots emerge after drilling this fall--otherwise there will be nothing left
The birds await a disruption to the grass until the hoppers fly up. They are getting fat and haven't made a dent in the population.
Today we burned the stubble off a circle so that it can be plowed and planted back to wheat in a few weeks. The straw market this year was not worth the fuel and twine to bale it up.