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Press Photo by April Baumgarten Delbert Kadrmas checks his crops for grasshopper damage south of Belfield Thursday morning. Grasshoppers have eaten the leaves off of some of his crops this year.

Grasshoppers out in force in southwest North Dakota, damage apparent in number of fields

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Farmers faced many battles when planting crops this year and now they are fighting a late wave of grasshoppers.

"What I have noticed is it's just in spots," said Delbert Kadrmas, a Belfield farmer. "We were out in our alfalfa field cutting our second cutting and some of it was just loaded with it."

Grasshoppers stay in green, vegetative areas when they are young, said North Dakota State University Extension Entomologist Janet Knodel.

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