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Don and Cathy Heitkamp suffered spray damage to crop land after pesticide drifted from a neighboring field in 2010 west of Mooreton, N.D. Photo by Dave Wallis / The Forum

Lawsuit over pesticide drift may prompt push for reform

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MOORETON, N.D. - Don and Cathy Heitkamp believe they’ve been battling a “phantom sprayer” in their quest to get to the bottom of a pesticide drift incident that damaged their crops.


The damage, which occurred in June 2010 to 60 acres of wheat and soybeans on their Richland County farm near here, resulted in a financial settlement from an aerial sprayer in February 2012.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to