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Farmers Coping With Grasshopper Plague

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Grasshopper (credit: AP)

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WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) – Farmers in northern Colorado are coping with a grasshopper plague.

Colorado State University agricultural researcher Bob Bee says the insects can eat more than twice their weight in food every day.

Bee said the Larimer County infestation may be the result of the drought in southern Colorado.

He says many of the grasshoppers had to look for a new food source and they may have migrated north with the monsoon winds in July.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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