switch from cardioid
No. Cardioid (heart-shaped) or kidney-shaped is good. Omnidirectional will allow you to pick up the crickets much clearer and louder. Figure-Of-Eight will allow you to pick up only some
crickets clearer and louder.
This is the cardioid pick-up pattern for a rock band microphone, but you get the idea. The performer is typically inside that pattern facing the microphone. There is a "dead" spot directly behind the microphone and you can make good use of that if you have two people by putting each person in the dead zone of the other. This only works well if you have a quiet, echo-free room, and it doesn't work near as well with three or more people.
Since you have no "studio" or controlled environment, you want to record the least room sound possible. As in the post, most popping, spitting and ticking sounds go straight in front of your nose. Don't put the microphone there. The company name should still face you, even with the microphone off to the side.
If you have a quiet, echo-free environment (the word "studio" frightens people), you can get almost any microphone to work. I'm still on-and-off working on getting a phone to work as a stand-alone recorder. They make it extraordinarily hard to do that.
editing typically requires 5x the length of the recording itself.
Sure. Watch. The first trip through the show is listening to make sure you know where the errors and trash are and the last trip through to make sure you got them all and the show flows smoothly after your corrections. That's two out of the five and we haven't done any corrections yet.
There's no shortage of forum posters saying things like: "I have a nine-hour podcast. What's the fastest way to filter out all the mistakes."
That's adorable. There's no one-button push (except on April First). The successful performers are all doing what you're doing. "That's a serious P-Pop. Let's cover that one up."
You can take longer. There was a forum poster who assured us he was going to edit his presentation word by word. He's probably still cutting it years later.
I wrote up a product called Professional Audio Filter (PAF) where you could record complete trash and it would come out a perfect, professional studio presentation after applying the filter. But only on April first.
There are Academy Awards® for editing. I'm not making this up.
Oh, there was one item in the repair arsenal. These microphones can be subject to "Essing." That's where each SS sound in a sentence is boosted and sounds like it could cut wood. There is software to help with that. DeEsser and Desibilator.