Everybody has them in their yard. They seem harmless. But grasshoppers can be dangerous and expensive for East Texas farmers.
The warm dry spring and summer have brought the grasshoppers back in large numbers. Many ranchers grow hay to support their cattle, and large numbers of grasshoppers can take that option away.
Farmers and ranchers have to poison the grasshoppers to keep them away, but poisons are expensive. And the bugs are so maneuverable, large areas must be treated at the same time to prevent them from escaping.