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Got land fever? There’s a ratio for that

It’s easy to get a case of land fever, especially when those acres are nearby and would fit nicely into your operation. But to keep things in perspective, it helps to have an objective tool for gauging affordability. In a recent article, a Farm Credit Canada economist recommends using the price-to-revenue ratio (the per-acre land […] Read more

Grain World: Farm consolidation key to increasing yields

Saskatoon | MarketsFarm — Consolidating farms — going from numerous small operations to fewer, but much larger, farms — is central to improving crop yields, according to grain industry observers Neil Townsend and Jason Newton. Townsend is the chief market analyst for FarmLink Marketing Solutions, while Newton is the chief economist and head of marketing […] Read more


The price of Alberta farmland jumped another 7.4 per cent last year, says FCC. But that’s the smallest increase in a decade and the price increase this year may only be half that, says the ag lender.

Red-hot land market shows signs of cooling

Prices have soared for nearly a decade but that trend may be coming to an end

The price of Alberta farmland took another big jump last year — but there are strong signs the red-hot bull market is finally cooling off. Overall, Canadian acres saw their smallest price increase in nearly a decade, and the amount of land changing hands dropped as many would-be buyers either stayed on the sidelines or […] Read more

Report shows slower pace for rising farmland values

While lower-valued farmland more often showed a higher rate of increase, and price hikes varied from region to region, Canada’s farmland values on average have booked their slowest year-over-year rate of increase in almost a decade. That’s according to the annual Farmland Values Report from Farm Credit Canada (FCC), in which the federal ag lending […] Read more



England’s farmland prices fall ahead of Brexit vote

London | Reuters –– Farmland prices in England fell by 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year — the largest quarterly decline since 2008, weighed partly by uncertainty ahead of the June 23 referendum on European Union membership, estate agent Knight Frank said. Knight Frank’s Farmland Index fell to 19,538 pounds (C$35,881) […] Read more