A solid foundation. A focused future. 5th Generation Farming.
Our roots run deep. Antler Valley Farm is among very few farms that, to this day, are operating on the original homestead, in the same family name, and the same type of farming operation.
Where we are: We're a grain farm located in the Central Alberta region just north of Innisfail off HWY 2.
What we grow: We pride ourselves on being one of the top malt producers in Western Canada currently focused on growing malt barley, soft white wheat, CPS wheat, peas, canola and fall rye. We've also had cattle, pigs, dairy and chickens but have taken our focus to strictly grain in 2000. Focusing on one area has been very beneficial to the success of our operation because we can put all our energy 365 days a year into the grain industry.
How we grow: We've been a zero-till operation since 2002. This means we disturb the soil as minimal as possible. This allows us to keep the moisture in the ground which, in this part of the country, is vital to getting the most out of the crop, especially in the dry years. This means we can operate efficiently; spending less time in the field, applying fertilizer in one-pass, maximizing our fuel per acre and less soil compaction.
What we use in the field: Since 1967 we have ran New Holland combines. The twin rotor technology helps us maximize grain quality while managing minimal crop loss. Our local dealerships provide excellent service with our growing need for technology advancements and are a great fit for our operation. In the summer of 2020 we purchased a SeedMaster Ultra SR drill, which is a single rank drill on 15" spacing which, at the time, was only 1 of 8 built in North America. It's been a great addition to our farm.
Technology on the farm: Technology is a significant asset to our operation. With the demand of market trends towards traceability and the desire to be more efficient with our farming practice, it's become a necessity. With technology as accessible as it is today, it's become a very beneficial tool. We engage in technology 365 days a year on our operation. From seeding in the spring with GPS to control and virtually eliminate over-lap on field passes, to sectional control on our drill and sprayer. We also utilize Climate Field View tracking every pass and monitor accurate yield data through scales on the grain cart.