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  1. August 25, 2016: A Good Crop Threatened - The 2016 Prairie crop may not end up being as big as the 2013 harvest, but it may be more challenging to handle if the weather does not clear up. (920 words)
  2. December 1, 2015: The Prospect of Empty Grain Bins - prospects for end of season stocks being at the lowest level in at least 24 years suggests the need to invest in primary production rather than perceived marketing challenges. (480 words)
  3. November 25, 2015: Mandated Grain Movement - Post Mortem - The federal government's program mandating levels of grain movement during 2014 and 2015 appears to have achieved nothing in terms of the volume of grain moved. It damaged critical relationships within the industry. (870 words)
  4. April 25, 2015: Summer Fallow, Almost Forgotten - The decline in the Prairie practice of summer fallowing has been a silent but very significant technological development resulting in environmental, conservational and economic gains. (620 words)
  5. March 17, 2015: Twelve Months of Grain Movement Mandates - Having used the grain transportation issue over the last 12 months the government of Canada is now face with the challenge of putting the issue to bed, or at least sidelining it before the general election anticipated this fall. (1,010 words)
  6. January 14, 2015: Moving the Massive 2013 Harvest Soon Sorted - the federal government seems to be recognizing that the transportation challenges are behind us, as it prepares for a graceful exit from its grain movement mandates program. (840 words)

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