By Kirk Deeter
It seems like ranchers and farmers in the West can't get a break. From drought, to hail, to floods, and fires, they're always dealing with some natural disaster. In 2010, the impending plague involves grasshoppers. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture predicts that certain states like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming will see the largest infestation of grasshoppers in 25 years or more. Only an unusually damp and cool late spring might stem the impending problem. And that doesn't appear to be happening. Unfortunately, the hoppers could negatively impact cattle grazing, as well as crop production, in a way we all eventually pay for.
Leave it to fly fishers, however, to find a silver lining in all of this.