U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Service, Lincoln, Nebraska


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Published in Farmer's Bulletin No. 2234 United States Department of Agriculture (1968) pp. 1-16


REGARDLESS of where you live in the , northern Plains, chances are good that you can attract wild ducks to your farm or ranch. To do so you may need to build a pond or marsh or improve the ones you now have. The center of wild-duck production in the United States is in the northern Plains and includes parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa. The numerous natural and manmade ponds and marshes along with fertile soil and favorable climate make this a region of ideal duck habitat. Many of these ponds and marshes are not producing ducks at their full potential. Some are too shallow, some are choked with emergent plants, and others are low in food and cover. Correcting these deficiencies can make the duck production of this region even greater than it is.