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Published April 05, 2010, 10:25 AM

ND cattail management program taking applications

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota sunflower growers can once again apply for federal help in getting rid of blackbird-attracting cattails.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota sunflower growers can once again apply for federal help in getting rid of blackbird-attracting cattails.

Blackbirds like to roost in cattails and can do heavy damage to nearby sunflower crops.

The cattail management program run by the federal Wildlife Services agency involves the aerial spraying of a herbicide to reduce cattails in wetlands. The herbicide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Spraying begins in August and ends in early September. Applications must be received by July 1. Producers can call 1-866-487-3297 for more information.

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