Delage Farms Ltd. is a 30,000 a family owned and operated grain farm that has been farming in the Indian Head area for 42 years. We grow primarily Canola, Wheat, Peas and Lentils on a three/four year rotation. We believe in using agricultural innovation and technology to continually improve our farming operation. We believe in best management practices and environmental stewardship and having a safe and rewarding environment to live and work in. We believe in the future of farming and are passionate about our industry.
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Delage Farms Ltd. was started when Maurice and Janet Delage purchased the home half section located just north of Indian Head in 1980 followed by the farmhouse and yard a few years later. The yardsite was part of the original Qu'Appelle Valley Farming Company or more commonly known "Bell Farm" that farmed 60,000 acres in the Indian Head area during the 1880's.
Maurice and Janet slowly grew the farm while commuting from Regina on weekends with daughters Tracy, Cara, Aimee and son Marc in tow. Maurice continued to work in the crop protection and biotechnology industry until transitiong to farming full time in 2001.
Maurice and Janet soon put their focus on growing the farm and improving operations while Maurice also committed time to various industry boards such as Investment Saskatchewan, Crop Life Canada, American Crop Protection Institute, Ag West Bio, and the Bell Barn Society. During this time Marc attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan where he met Janel who was also attending the College. After obtaining his degree in Agribusiness and Janel obtaining her degree in Agronomy they both pursued careers in the agriculture industry before returning to the farm in 2011 which after ten years of growth had increased to approximately 20,000 acres.
Today, Maurice, Janet, Marc & Janel along with a skilled, dedicated and commited staff share a passion for agriculture that continues to grow as our industry changes and evolves. We look forward to facing the challenges our industry will face in the years to come.
During his tenure as CEO of Hoechst Canada, AgrEvo and Aventis CropScience (which became Bayer CropScience), Maurice Delage was recognized as an innovator, leader and builder. His belief was that you must be located in your customer's backyard and thus Regina became the head office for agriculture.
Raised on the Delage family farm near Arborfield, Maurice enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture graduating with a major in Horticulture in 1969. This was followed by Graduate Studies culminating with a M.Sc. in 1978.
He started his agricultural career with Niagara Chemicals in 1972. He joined Hoechst in 1973 when the company introduced the first samples of Hoe Grass herbicide for field testing. Maurice became the General Manager of the agriculture business within the company. By the mid-80s, Hoechst was the largest agricultural chemical company in Canada.
With Maurice's leadership, Hoechst invested in a major formulation facility in Regina and also created the head office for the Agriculture Division within the city. As Hoechst changed to AgrEvo and then Aventis, Maurice became President and CEO for the company in North America.
In the late 80s, with the new non-selective herbicide called Liberty under development, Maurice persuaded the company to invest in a biotechnology research facility based in Saskatoon. This was done in partnership with the Province of Saskatchewan, the National Research Council and Agriculture Canada.
By the mid-90s, Libery tolerant canola was registered in Canada, the country's first genetically modified crop. In 1996, due to Maurice's vision and belief in science and new technology, AgrEvo purchased PGS genetics. With that acquisition, the company now owned genetic hybrid technology that soon reached the market as InVigor canola. InVigor hybrids went on to account for more than half of the country's canola acreage.
After retiring from Aventis in 2001, Maurice began farming full time and began expanding the farming operation near Indian Head.
Maurice received the Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year Award in 1986 and the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists Distinguished Agrologist Award in 1993. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2012 and received the Canadian Canola Council's James McAnsh Award in 2017. Maurice was also honored to receive the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2018.
Maurice can be found driving the grid roads checking fields all spring and summer long before he jumps in a combine for harvest.
Janet was raised in North Battleford and graduated with a B. Ed degree (major Fine Arts) from University of Sask. She was employed at the City of Regina as Arts & Culture Supervisor and developed policy, procedures, programs, facilities and funding for the arts and cultural community. She has and continues to serve on several community and provincial Boards including the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Arts Strategy Task Force, Sask Film, and the Bell Barn Society of Indian Head. She enjoys all aspects of Visual and Performing Arts, Travel and spending time with family.
Jan can be found driving back and forth between Regina and Indian Head fueling our growing crew and supporting our business and families. Since very early on Jan along with her very talented kitchen team have provided home cooked meals for our staff during seeding and harvest.
Marc was born and raised in Regina but split time between Regina and Indian Head growing up. He attended school in Regina while spending his summers on the farm. He graduated with a B.Sc in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and began working for Bayer CropScience that same year as a Territory Sales Manger West of Saskatoon. Marc worked for Bayer CropScience for 5 years winning a Bayer Cross Award in 2009.
He left Bayer and returned to the farm full-time in August 2011. Marc spends his spring in a tractor, harvest in a combine and all year round managing the business with Maurice, Jan and Janel.
Janel was born and raised on the Taylor family farm at Ridgedale, Saskatchewan. She grew up helping her parents Dan & Judy and her brother Kent grow wheat, canola, peas, barley as well as raise pheasants on a 3,000 acre farm. She graduated with a B. Sc in Agronomy from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006 and immediately started working for Cargill as an Agronomist, first out of Canwood and then out of Clavet. In 2010 she became Agronomy Manager of the Southern Saskatchewan agronomy team and in 2012 became General Manager of the Balcarres, Raymore and Wynyard locations. Janel won a Cargill President's Club award in both 2012 and 2014.
In 2014, Janel switched roles within Cargill to allow for more time on the farm and was the Agronomy technical lead before transitioning away from Cargill to work exclusively on the farm. Janel's is our lead agronomist and spends her spring/summer walking the fields, her harvest in a combine and winter planning for the next season, while managing the day to day operation as Vice President of the farm.