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ND potash deposits not as promising as thought

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A company that's exploring for potash in northwestern North Dakota says things aren't as promising as officials had hoped.

Potash is a fertilizer that's in high demand in China and India. Dakota Salts drilled a test well more than a year ago near Lignite, in Burke County, to gauge the region's potential.

Don Dickie is a geologist for the parent company of Dakota Salts. Dickie says the company had been hoping for potash deposits similar to what exists north of the border in Saskatchewan. But Dickie says the results weren't that good.

He says the company is focusing on a more promising potash deposit in north England.

A Dakota Salts executive says the North Dakota project could come later, after the company does more analysis of drilling data.