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Published September 22, 2009, 12:14 AM

N.D. crop sprayers treat more acres

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission says there are fewer crop spraying companies and fewer crop spraying planes in the state than a decade ago, though more land is being treated.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission says there are fewer crop spraying companies and fewer crop spraying planes in the state than a decade ago, though more land is being treated.

Mark Holzer is an aviation planner with the agency. He says the state had 145 crop spraying companies last year compared with about 200 companies a decade ago.

Holzer says companies are using more efficient planes that can cover greater distances hauling herbicides and pesticides.

He says about 5 million acres were sprayed in North Dakota last year, or about 700,000 acres more than a decade ago.

Holzer says about 300 pilots in North Dakota spray crops and manage 32 of the 90 public airports in the state.

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