Farmland Investment Update – Fall 2016

Slow and Steady

A reader recently asked for a farmland update. So here’s the latest. I’m collecting $8,500 a year from my tenant who is growing canola on my 310 acres of farmland. He pays me twice a year, half the total amount in the spring and the other half in the fall. Here’s the latest cheque that I deposited into my bank account last week. This amount includes 5% GST.


My farmland loan outstanding is about $193,000. The interest rate is 3.4%. Property tax was about $1,500 this year. No insurance or other cost is necessary for owning farmland. So my total expenses came to $8,100. I’m rounding these numbers to the nearest $100.

Thus I’m able to make a $400 profit on my farmland in 2016. Slowly but surely, the financials are improving each year. 🙂


I think farmland returns are starting to dry up in North America. Commodity prices still haven’t recovered. So unless crop receipts increase by a substantial amount it’s hard to see any reason for the underlying land to become more valuable. Maybe farmland will continue to keep pace with inflation for the foreseeable future so it’s still a good store of wealth, but I don’t see much more appreciation from here.

It’s too bad the Canadian prairies is so cold. Many plants like hemp can’t grow out there. Since marijuana will soon be legalized there will probably be a lot of new cannabis growers by this time next year. Not to be blunt, 😄 but this obviously creates opportunity for investors too. For example, last year I blogged about buying some shares in Canopy Growth Corp, a supplier of medicinal marijuana. So far the stock has doubled in price! Not bad. 😀

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Maybe I just got lucky with that marijuana stock. You shouldn’t get your investment advice from an amateur finance blog anyway. 😉 But my acquaintance David Chilton, who runs his own financial planning business is more than qualified to offer quality advice. I use the term “acquaintance” loosely because we’ve only corresponded by email a couple of times. 😛 Anyway, he’s teamed up with Tangerine bank to give away the eBook edition of his latest work, The Wealthy Barber Returns. 


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sherry @ save. spend. splurge.
10/13/2016 9:54 am

It’s just sad that girls do feel the need to grow up and be sexualized early.

10/15/2016 6:51 am

Girls only “feel the need” because they are being conditioned and brainwashed by marketing companies and general movements in society at large. It’s all about the money. When you live in a Capitalistic society, everything will suffer an attempt to be monetized.

This is almost an exclusive North American issue. Other societies around the world naturalize sexuality (Nordic), neutralize sexuality (Middle East), and everything in between.

Al Bailey
Al Bailey
10/13/2016 11:42 am

$27 acre rent? Thats really cheap.

10/13/2016 6:48 pm

No insurance on farm land? Don’t you need some sort of liability in case a tractor rolls or a trespassing snowmobile crashes?

A car dealership in Ontario was recently found partly liable because a car stolen off their lot and one of the thieves was permanently disabled during a drunken crash.

10/15/2016 7:09 am

“Commodity prices still haven’t recovered.”

That’s because commodities are an economic input; if prices are depressed it probably means the general economy is depressed…leading to depressed future yields and returns.

The saving grace with farmland (which I also own) is that people won’t stop eating and there’s more people on the planet every single day. The big road blocks being efficiency advances in agriculture as well as gov’t regulations and policies, both domestic and foreign. In the end, it’s almost always better to be an owner than a renter.

“The Wealthy Barber”

The hilarious thing about TWB is that it’s the best-selling book of all-time in Canada — 2+ million copies — yet the population of wealthy Canadians hasn’t changed. That’s the fatal flaw with any ‘self-help’ publication: the massive gap between theory and action. Almost everyone will fail to do the necessary work. Kudos to Dave, though. He really understood the Canadian psyche (i.e. zealous focus on retirement and safety) when he wrote the book and made a wad of cash.

11/07/2016 9:55 am

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