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What Happened to the Great Grasshopper Plague?

Locusts in the sky in 1898. (Background photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

Late summer is the time when grasshoppers fly. In a short trip down a Kansas country road, they can quickly coat the grill of your car. But as Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us, it's nothing compared to the grasshopper invasion Kansas farmers faced 140 years ago.

Commentator John "Richard" Schrock is the director of biology education at Emporia State University. The book he mentioned is called: Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect That Shaped the American Frontier.

Production assistance for this commentary was provided by KPR News Intern Austin Fitts, a graduate of the University of Kansas.

What Happened to the Great Grasshopper Plague in Kansas?


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