Every year, late summer, the big pastures on my farm are crawling with 'hoppers. I'm going to put some effort this year into catching and putting them up for chickenfeed overwinter. Has anyone done anything like this, or has ideas as to low-labor ways to collect grasshoppers in their hundreds, maybe thousands? A lazy farmer is an efficient farmer, after all.
My thoughts on processing were to freeze and then dehydrate at highish temps to kill parasites. Any thoughts in that realm would be welcome, too.
I'm not sure where I saw/heard it but the method was a fabric scoop or net attached to the front of a truck. A bar is farther out in front that pushes over the grass. If it's 4' grass, have the bar 3' off the ground would be my guess. Then you drive around, the bar gets the hoppers hopping and a fraction land in the scoop. Then you just need to figure out how to get them from the scoop into the freezer...
There was a gentleman on youtube who collected crickets from a field for fishing. He used a battery hand held vac.
Worked like a charm! Not sure if you want boutique, residential or commercial harvest level.
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