|2022 Grasshopper Workshop|
Grasshopper Workshop Set for March 29
- Recording Now Available!
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- Workshop Presentation Slides
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- Workshop Poster
Oh no! Not again!
Grasshopper Outbreaks and Management Options in 2022
After eastern Montana and western North Dakota farmers and ranchers endured the second largest grasshopper outbreak of the last 35 years in 2021, they’re naturally nervous about what may be coming next, particularly given persistent drought in the region.
And it appears everyone is rightfully on edge. Annual grasshopper surveys taken last fall by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) indicate another bad year for grasshoppers, with more than 20 million acres in the west predicted to exceed the economic threshold for the pests and another 60 million crowding that number. The vast bulk of the most highly impacted acreage is predicted to be centered in Montana and western Oregon.
To help producers in this area better prepare for the potential onslaught, researchers with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Sidney, MT and Montana State University’s Extension Service in Sidney, MT are hosting a free grasshopper workshop entitled “Oh no! Not again! Grasshopper Outbreaks and Management Options in 2022” set for Tuesday, March 29 at the Richland County Extension Office conference room in Sidney, MT. The two-hour workshop is free and runs from 10 am to noon.
The workshop presentations will also be available live online. For more information or to sign up for the online option, contact Beth Redlin with ARS at 406-433-2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Richland County Extension Agent Marley Manoukian at 406-433-1206 or by email at email@example.com.
Workshops speakers include Dr. Dave Branson, Research Entomologist and Acting Pest Management Research Unit Leader at the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney and Gary Adams, Montana’s State Plant Health Director at USDA-APHIS in Billings, MT. In addition, Dr. Kevin Wanner, Cropland Entomology Specialist with Montana State University Extension in Bozeman, will be featured in a prerecorded segment with tips on managing grasshoppers in cropland systems.
Dr. Branson, who has more than 25 years experience studying grasshoppers in rangeland systems in the northern Great Plains, will discuss the biology and ecology of grasshoppers and how weather impacts them and the potential for large outbreaks. He will also discuss ongoing grasshopper research in ARS, including sustainable rangeland management techniques focusing on the use of livestock grazing and rangeland fire to reduce outbreaks; new predictive tools for outbreaks being developed at ARS, and more.
Gary Adams, who has more than 35 years with APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine office in Montana and who oversees grasshopper control programs in the state, will be discussing grasshopper management options in rangeland; available treatments and their limitations, and existing federal spraying programs and private cost share options.
Dr. Wanner’s segment will include information on important pest species in Montana and management options in cropland systems in general, along with management considerations for specific crops, such as winter wheat.
Wrapping up the workshop, will be a question and answer session with the speakers, who in addition to answering other concerns from participants, will also offer insights into outbreak predictions for the 2022 growing season.
Two (MT) pesticide points are available for attending this workshop. Attendees participating live online will also be eligible for pesticide points. Categories include: 10 - Dealer; 230 - Agricultural Plant Pest Control; 239 - Demonstration & Research Pest Control; 255 - Regulatory Weed; 260 - Private Agricultural Pest Control.
Link for Viewing the Workshop Live Online
Unable to join us in person? Consider viewing the workshop live online from 10 to noon on Tuesday, March 29. No registration is required. Just use the following Zoom link to join the session that morning:
Live link, no longer available. See recording link below.
Note: Pesticide applicator points are not available for viewing the recording, only for those attending the live webinar on March 29.
The link to the recording of the March 29 Grasshopper Workshop is below. Participating in the workshop were Dr. Dave Branson, Research Entomologist and Acting Pest Management Research Unit Leader at the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney and Gary Adams, Montana’s State Plant Health Director at USDA-APHIS in Billings, MT. In addition, Dr. Kevin Wanner, Cropland Entomology Specialist with Montana State University Extension in Bozeman, is featured in a prerecorded segment. Note: All three presenters, including Dr. Wanner, were available live for the question and answer session. Their contact information is below for anyone with additional questions.
Recoding Link: https://www.zoomgov.com/rec/share/vAmy9j-mQiKNXWVuBTE-yCp5d_HWrUOTt7evv-ENTu3Abewzj8IFIKKhK9G7JcpG.GbEehCgqUL8rgpqC?startTime=1648567606000 (Passcode: r5NmJ!XN)
Note: While there were a few minor issues with the recording, interruptions are few.
In addition to the recording, Dave Branson and Gary Adams have also made their Powerpoint slides available here for those interested:
- Dave Branson Workshop presentation slides (pdf coming)
- Gary Adams Workshop presentation slides (pdf)
For those with additional questions, contact information for our speakers include:
Dr. Dave Branson
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office: (406) 433-2020
Mr. Gary Adams
- Email: Gary.D.Adams@usda.gov; Office: (406) 657-6282
Dr. Kevin Wanner
- Email: email@example.com; Office: (406) 994-5663
Additional information on grasshopper outbreaks and management options can also be found at the Sidney, MT USDA-ARS Grasshopper Website:
- Friendly URL: https://ars.usda.gov/grasshopper/