We are a progressive grain farm located in Southeastern Saskatchewan, between the town of Fillmore and the city of Weyburn. Our Vision is:
To continue to build a sustainable business with integrity and a passion for agriculture, our team, and our community.
Our Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to create a bright future on this farm for generations to come. We will achieve this through continuous improvement to our agronomy, our financial management, and our relationships within our team. We will never stop learning and strive to be on the leading edge of technology, but not the bleeding edge. Developing partnerships with our suppliers and buyers is a key facet to our success. We want to share the passion we have for agriculture, and help our industry develop a positive story.”
The Leguee family manages and operates the farm with the help of two full-time employees and one to two seasonal employees. Russ, Jake and Sarah all manage the different aspects of the operation. Together, we have found that we all have different and important skills that complement one another. Our two full-time employees, Don and Erik, both bring skills to the table that benefit the farm.
What do we grow?
We are a grain, oilseed and special crop farm. We used to grow cattle, but sold out of them many years ago to focus entirely on crop production. Our main crops include durum, canola,
spring and winter wheat, soybeans, peas, lentils and flax, although we do sometimes dabble in other crop options in certain situations. We are never against trying something new, and have successfully grown many other crops including malt barley, green peas, sunflowers and canaryseed. We were one of the first farms in our area to try soybeans in 2010.
The advantage of farming where we do is that our climate and soil type support many different crops. While some areas struggle with pulses and other areas struggle with canola, we have found that just about any cool-season crop will grow here. With our avid interest in agronomy, trying new crops is always exciting!
Growing a sustainable future
Sustainable. A word with a thousand different definitions. What exactly does it mean? Well, on our farm, growing a sustainable future means many things. It means building a business that will survive to the next generation. It means leaving our land, rented or owned, in better condition than it was in when we started farming it. It means protecting the tools we have today to ensure they are still there in the future. As former Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall said upon his retirement, “Leave things better than they were when you found them”.
How do we do this? First of all, we have been no-till farmers for more than 20 years now, which essentially means we avoid tilling our land as much as possible. Tillage is destructive to soil structure and microbiological life, which we depend on to profitably grow crops, particularly in our area, where our soil is prone to hardpan and salinity. We use chemicals and fertilizers where needed to maintain our soil health and to ensure the successful growth of our crops. We carefully monitor our fertilizer and chemical operations to ensure the right product is used, at the right place and at the right rate; all while ensuring the application is at the right time. We keep a close eye on which pesticides go on which field to prevent weed, disease or insect resistance. We rotate crops to improve soil health and increase our profitability.
All of these strategies – and others – work together synergistically to improve our land for the long-term, and, in turn, improve our farm’s long-term profitability. Someday, the next generation may want to farm; and if that happens, we will ensure they inherit land they can be proud of.
Take a look at the photo slideshow below to see some highlights from the past couple of years on our farm.