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Crop share is becoming less common in Alberta, but this method can be a good starting point for determining a cash rent.

The going rate isn’t necessarily what you should pay in rent

Don’t pay a rent based on rumoured rates in your area and factor in the productivity of specific fields

Many landlords set their land rent based on what other local landowners are charging, but that’s not always an equitable rate, says a provincial farm business management specialist. “Following this approach has pitfalls because the rate may not be reflective of the soil productivity on the farm, or there may be a difference between what […] Read more

Farmers forced to accept high land rents despite low crop prices

Grain prices are way down, but it’s expected land rents will take awhile to follow suit

Crop prices have plunged, but land rents look like they’ll stay high for a while. “I know that there are guys around here who are renting land for way more than it’s worth,” said Kelly Burkhardt, a Wetaskiwin grain and cattle farmer who rents 450 of his 1,000 acres of cropland. “At the end of […] Read more


Rental rates started an upward trend in early 2008, and peaked in 2013.

Land rent realities for 2014

Rental rates started an upward trend in early 2008, and peaked in 2013

The year 2014 could prove to be a tumultuous one for cropland rental rates. The fact that rental rates will likely soften should not be a surprise. Cropland rents are a function of productivity and price for the most part. Other factors that play a minor role include proximity to the tenant’s existing operation, field […] Read more