Statistic’s Canada’s Ag Census asked farmers simple questions about their land. How much of your farm operation do you own? How much do you lease?
Across the Prairies, on average, farmers own just less than two-thirds of the land they farm. This ranges from 66 per cent in Manitoba to 58 per cent in Alberta.
In Saskatchewan, areas under rent or lease increased from 14.7 million acres in 2011 census to 17 million acres in 2016— a 15.8 per cent increase.
When we talk about four-year crop rotations, herbicide rotations and building the soil for the long term, it’s important to remember that, depending on rental arrangements, not all farmers always have complete control of all of the land they farm.