About Us

Sustainability

We are dedicated to growing crops sustainably.  As all agriculture starts with the soil, we utilise zero tillage to minimize soil erosion and optimise soil health. We practise a robust crop rotation to limit the concentration of weeds, pests and diseases.

Fertiliser is one of the biggest costs and sources of emissions for farming. We utilise a multitude of tools including mapping, soil sampling, plant tissue testing and satellite imaging in order to determine crop need. This allows us to follow 4R nutrient guidelines and minimize fertiliser use while optimising crop yield.

Land Base

We farm a combination of owned and rented land as well as several customised contract farming agreements.

The key to integrating all this is that all land is farmed as if it is our own! This includes maintaining or improving soil nutrient levels. Optimised weed control strategies and reducing weed seed levels returned to the seed bank.

We can also leverage our scale of operation to maximize grain marketing returns while minimizing crop input costs.

Land Base

We farm a combination of owned and rented land as well as several customised contract farming agreements.

The key to integrating all this is that all land is farmed as if it is our own! This includes maintaining or improving soil nutrient levels. Optimised weed control strategies and reducing weed seed levels returned to the seed bank.

We can also leverage our scale of operation to maximise grain marketing returns while minimising crop input costs.

Traceability

We utilise cloud-based system capable of geo referenced tracking of all aspects of growing our crops. From seeds used, inputs applied, crop harvesting, grain transportation and storage as well as crop marketing.

This information can be provided to customers and business partners and enables complete transparency.

Equipment

We operate some of the most up to date and efficient equipment available in the market today, and if it isn’t available, we have the capacity to build or modify equipment to our exact requirements.

Some of the technology utilised includes variable rate, sectional control, computer-controlled seed packing pressure and optical blockage sensors on our air drills. Our combines are all computer controlled both for the machine setting and forward speed in order to maximize the quantity and quality of crop harvested while minimizing losses and cracked grains.

Just as important is the logistics required to keep everything running.  To do this we operate a fleet of our own semi-trucks as well as service trucks stocked with tools and common parts.

Once the crop is harvested it must be stored. Here we have several options including bagging in the field as well as fixed storage facilities at each of our locations.

Equipment

We operate some of the most up to date and efficient equipment available in the market today, and if it isn’t available, we have the capacity to build or modify equipment to our exact requirements.

Some of the technology utilised includes variable rate, sectional control, computer-controlled seed packing pressure and optical blockage sensors on our air drills. Our combines are all computer controlled both for the machine setting and forward speed in order to maximise the quantity and quality of crop harvested while minimising losses and cracked grains.

Just as important is the logistics required to keep everything running, to do this we operate a fleet of our own semi-trucks as well as service trucks stocked with tools and common parts.

Once the crop is harvested it must be stored. Here we have several options including bagging in the field as well as fixed storage facilities at each of our locations.

Mission Hope

Monette Farms LTD will be launching their first ever non-profit pilot project, Mission Hope.

We are very excited to publicly announce that we have partnered up with six amazing like-minded charitable organizations that not only share the same goals as us but also the drive and selflessness for giving back to others.

Mission Hope will be that hope of extra funding to those that need it most and where it will be utilized best to benefit the brave and less fortunate.

Monette Farms carefully identified organizations that serves the local community, nationally and internationally. As our North American footprint grows, we believe these organizations serving the local and abroad communities aligns with the core values we implement on our farm and the success thereof.

Mission Hope will be donating the profits of 320 acres cropland to these beneficiaries so they can continue the amazing work they do for others. The 320 acres consists of 160 acres Canola crop and 160 acres Durum crop. The 160 acres of Canola is located at our Swift Current location and the 160 acres of Durum crop is located at our Regina location.

We are very proud to announce the six beneficiaries of our Mission Hope project:

Canadian Foodgrains Bankfoodgrainsbank.ca

Canadian Cancer Societycancer.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association – https://swiftcurrent.cmha.ca/

Rocksolid Refugerocksolidrefuge.com

SPCAspcaswiftcurrent.com

Dorie’s Housesouthwestyes.com

Our Team

Darrel Monette

Darrel Monette

Owner/Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Russel Monette
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
russel@monettefarms.ca

Gerry Bourgeois
Director of Finances

Jesse Wasmuth
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Craig Macfie
Co-Chief Financial Officer (Co-CFO)

Ben Nesbitt
Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO)

Briana Sherwick
Executive Office Administrator
briana@monettefarms.ca

Michael Murphy
Swift Current Farm Manager
michael@monettefarms.ca

Clay Emms
Swift Current Farm Manager
clay@monettefarms.ca

Rod Priddell
Regina Farm Manager
rod@monettefarms.ca

Roman Dereka
Prince Albert Farm Manager
roman@monettefarms.ca

Mike Smith
Montana Farm Manager
mike@monettefarms.ca

Deon Visser
Montana Farm Manager
deon@monettefarms.ca

Ed Bowers
Arizona Farm Manager
deon@monettefarms.ca

Blake Voth
Agrologist
blake@monettefarms.ca

Bryan Jackson
Logistics Manager
bryan@monettefarms.ca

Brant Stock
Controller, Canada Operations
brant@monettefarms.ca

Trevor Anderson
Digital Farm Manager
trevor@monettefarms.ca

Locations

 Aerial shot of the Monette Farms facility

This is where the farm started and where we are still based today. It is in a semi-arid region with corresponding low disease pressure and the ability to produce some of the highest quality durum and pulses in Canada.

The farm has a mostly dark brown soil type varying from high clay content in the north to sandier in the south with an average of 285mm of rainfall per year.

This is also the location where we grow our seed production in conjunction with NexGen Seeds.

 

We also farm on the Regina plains just south of the city. The soil here is very high clay content and is some of the most productive in Saskatchewan. With an average of 310mm of rain per year it has the ability to reliably produce good crops year after year.

Prince Albert

We farm just north of Prince Albert. This farm has our highest average rainfall at 327mm per year and in combination with the high organic matter black and dark grey soils has the potential to produce excellent crops of malt barley and canola.

Montana

Our farm in Montana is south west of Havre in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Like Swift Current, this is a low rain fall region with an average of 11.2 inches per year, resulting in the area having low disease pressure, and the ability to grow exceptionally high-quality crops. One difference here is the milder winter allows for the production of winter or fall seeded crops.

The main crops we grow here are winter wheat and pluses particularly large green lentils and garbanzo beans.

Arizona

Our newest addition is a certified organic farm, based west of Phoenix in Arizona. It is also home to Saguaro Seeds. This farm is in the high desert with Approx. 8 inches of rainfall per year making irrigation a necessity.

We utilize sub-surface drip irrigation to minimise evaporation and maximise water use efficiency. With its warm year round temperature, irrigation and proximity to a large urban center, this is an ideal location to produce high quality vegetables, pulses and cereal crops.

Careers

Please contact hr@monettefarms.ca

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