Monday, July 7, 2014

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Mormon Cricket outbreak reported in Oneida County

Boise--The United States Department of Agriculture reports that they're keeping a close eye on a   Mormon cricket outbreak in Oneida County and are threatening alfalfa and other crops throughout the area.

USDA officials say Mormon crickets have been reported in large numbers in the Elkhorn Mountains, Malad Range, Pleasantview Hills and Samaria Mountain.

The department is taking damage reports from farmers in the area and they report extensive damage to pasture and alfalfa fields.

Mormon crickets destroy crops and rangeland in concentrated numbers. The insect, related to grasshopper, doesn't fly but can cover great distances.

The USDA says they're working the outbreak but say that the crickets have already laid eggs throughout western Idaho and could impact next years crop as well.

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