Based on the 2016 Census, 356 farms had over 77,000 hectares in production – over half of the operations are valued at over $500,000. Oats, barley, soybeans and corn are the typical field crops. Canola used to be the predominant crop, but recent years have seen the swede midge negatively impact canola production and reduced canola acreage. The New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station is located in the District, with agricultural research focused on agronomy, horticulture and beef. The NLARS, along with the EARS, is managed by the University of Guelph.