The Prairie’s Wildflowers and Their Effects

by Amy Wojcicki article By Amy WoycickiiWASHINGTON — Prairie grassland ecosystems in the Great Plains are thriving thanks to prairie beetle and other insect pollinators, a new study shows.Researchers found that prairie beetles can help support many of the grasslands they depend on, including prairie hay and seed, prairie and mixed-grass prairie, prairies with a […]

How to identify the wild grassland beetles that can threaten your livestock

It’s a tough job, but you can’t help but notice the odd insect crawling in and out of the weeds.The grassland animals, especially the deer, can be the worst offenders.In fact, the grassland creatures are such a threat to livestock that they are classified as pests.The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has issued a […]

When the ground dies, the land dies too

When the grasses die, the soil dies too.That is what happened last winter to the prairie, once one of the world’s most productive and ecologically important ecosystems.In the fall of 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the northern half of the Great Plains lost more than 1.2 million acres, the largest single loss of […]