Grasshoppers and Barley

I think the grasshoppers really like my barley trials. I have about a dozen different heritage barley varieties that I'm trialing and a couple of the varieties are either knocked over or the heads are completely missing. As I walk by them, a zillion grasshoppers take to the sky which is what gave me a clue. Grrrr.


Bent barley.


Eaten Barley.


The remains of a head of barley.

One variety was close enough to harvest, so I did so with scissors. The other variety getting annihilated is still really green so there is not much I can do.


Harvested heritage barley.

3 comments:

  1. The grasshoppers here ate our rhubarb leaves! Nearly decimated the entire plants. What eats rhubarb leaves?!

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  2. Grasshoppers migrated from the alfalfa next door to my tomatoes and squash, front range northern Colorado. I got a head up by planting before the migration and had frogs and spiders on my side, but I see a big problem down the road. Any thoughts on steering the pests with great eyes elsewhere?

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  3. Put the poultry on the field edges. That's what I'll try next year.

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