Oregon among West states battling crop-killing insect swarms

Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads.

Experts say this year could be a banner one for Mormon crickets — 3-inch-long bugs named after the Mormon pioneers who moved West and learned firsthand the insect’s devastating effect on forage and grain fields.

Source: Oregon among West states battling crop-killing insect swarms | Local | Eugene, Oregon