A lot of producers are in the homestretch getting seed in the ground. At the end of last week, the Ministry of Agriculture said that 80 per cent of crops were in the ground in the southeast region of the province, which includes Moose Jaw.
Jon Marcotte, general manager of Parrish and Heimbecker, says a lot of area farms are finishing seeding, but says he’s hearing that farmers are seeing grasshoppers and lots of their eggs.
“I've heard grasshoppers are out there [and people are] seeing lots of eggs, lots of development there. So unfortunately, it's looking to be a rough year again,” said Marcotte.
Grasshoppers were abundant in parts of the province last year and experts expect a large grasshopper population again this year, primarily in central and southern regions of the province.
According to the 2023 Grasshopper Forecast, farms in the Moose Jaw area will see light to very light grasshopper infestations.