All our seed has been planted, grown, cut and processed by the Shirley Family.
We have been in the Reg/Cert Seed Business since 1975.
The foundation that the business was built on actually began with an FFA project for Joe during his sophomore year in high school,
when his Ag teacher encouraged him to plant a new variety of wheat at that time,
it was TASCOSA. In 1972, Joe married his wife Ann, a farm girl from Kay County and
together they worked to build the family farm. The first farm was purchased and later had the opportunity to purchase additional land from the Grandfather's estate. Like most
farms in western Oklahoma, farming was not without rials, disappointments, and hardships.
Throughout the years, the family has endured complete crop failures due to the
devastating hail storms back-to-back in 1980 and 1981. Complete devastation due to fire
that destroyed the main shop, pickups, and trucks, during the fall of 1997. Through these
times, the family learned to persevere. We learned to work hard, do without, and stick
together. This was the beginning that has lead the family business to what it is today. Our
first on the farm storage began with three 1850 bu. granaries. Presently, we can store on the farm
265,000 bushels with more storage planned for the near future. Currently, Shirley Farms is
farming 7,000+ acres of which every acre is planted to certified or registered
seed, because we believe that certified seed produces more per acre.
Up to this point, our best advertising has been word of mouth - from one farmer to another.
A large percentage of our sales are from return satisfied customers. Our farm is still
very much a family farm as our son, Biron is very much involved with the busness. Our daughter, Brandi, who lives in Broken Arrow continues to
return to the farm during harvest and help with the harvest meals.
37470 Johnston Road
Alva, OK 73717