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Potash: From Saskatchewan's mines to China

See how the crop nutrient gets from the earth, to a shipping container, to China

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Potash 1,000 metres below the surface at the Rocanville Potash Corp mine before being loaded up the shaft and carried to surface in Saskatchewan.

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Rocanville Potash Corp mill production supervisor Dave Carter samples some potash on its process of being refined at the mill in Saskatchewan.

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Trevor Berg, Mill General Super Attendant, holds some potash chicklets in a storage build at the Potash Cory mine near Saskatoon.

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Rocanville Potash Corp. underground production supervisor Dave Esslinger displays a sample of potash 1,000 metres below surface at the potash mine in Saskatchewan.

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Potash being loaded and shipped overseas at Neptune Bulk Terminals in Vancouver.

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The Genco Brittany of Brazil is loaded with potash at Neptune Bulk Terminals in Vancouver.

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The Genco Brittany of Brazil leaves Vancouver after being loaded with Potash at Neptune Bulk Terminals in Vancouver.

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A bag of fertilizer containing potash, in Ningjin, Hebei Province, China.

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A man waits for customers at a fertilizer store in Ningjin, Hebei Province, China.

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