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Entomology Distance Master’s Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
Grasshoppers have caused significant damage to crops of farmers and rangeland forage of ranchers throughout history. Populations of grasshoppers can build and explode with exponential growth under the right climatic factors and habitat. Melanoplus sanguinipes is the most economic species of grasshopper in the United States. The migratory flight capabilities are very similar to true locusts. This species has been known to travel distances of over 500 miles. Millions of dollars in damage occurs to crops and rangeland annually in the United States due to this species and other economic grasshopper species. The life history of this species and timing of control measures are critical in the suppression of populations to safeguard crops and rangeland. Various techniques are employed to survey, detect, and treat grasshoppers. One of the most cost-effective methods of treatment is to use Reduced Agent-Area treatments versus blanket coverage treatments.