Bigger is better, according to agriculture census

Costs might be rising, but profit margins on the average Canadian farm were unchanged between 2010 and 2015, according to data from the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Statistics Canada, which collects, analyzes and disseminates the census data, said Canadian farmers, on average, had an expense-to-receipt ratio of .83 in 2015, un-changed from 2010. In other […] Read more

Farm incorporation rate highest in Saskatchewan

Farms continue to incorporate, according to the latest census. One-quarter of all farms were incorporated in 2016 compared to 20 percent in 2011 and two percent in 1971. “Overall we’re seeing a shift to more incorporations,” said Erik Dorff, an analyst with Statistics Canada. That doesn’t mean farms are being run by men wearing ties […] Read more

Wheat acres down but not out, say officials

A few decades ago, Western Canada’s vast grain growing area was known to many as the breadbasket of the world. Wheat was king in the West, and all other crops were minor players by comparison. But times have changed. Today, prairie farmers are more inclined to grow crops that make oil, margarine and soup rather […] Read more

Farmers less likely to own land they farm: census

Canadian farmers are producing more grain than ever and they’re growing it on more land than ever. However, a larger proportion of what they produce is being grown on land that’s owned by someone else. That’s especially the case in Western Canada. “We’re seeing that an increasing proportion of the land being operated by farmers […] Read more

Census offers glimpse into modern agriculture

Prairie farmers are getting older — and younger. More than half are 55 and older, according to the 2016 Census of Agriculture. The 55.5 percent in that category is up nearly seven percentage points from the 2011 census. Bill Brown, head of the agricultural and resource economics department at the University of Saskatchewan, thinks the […] Read more