Pioneer CO-OP

Agronomists

Meet our Pioneer Co-op AG Team

Agronomist Services:

  • Weed identification, crop and weed staging, product inquiries, grower program information and completion, insect identification, problem solving in field, field walks, specialty crop information, and soil testing.
  • The Agronomists look after all agronomic information related to crop production. Please contact one of the Agronomists about any crop protection questions.

Barb Thick, PAg, CCA

Agrologist

I was raised in rural Tisdale Saskatchewan, and attended Saskatoon’s University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture, from 1995-2000.  While attaining my BSA I travelled and worked in Australia, and rural areas of both British Columbia and Alberta.  After convocation I worked for five years gaining agricultural experience in southwest Saskatchewan while in both grain and crop protection sectors, and attained both my Certified Crop Advisor and Professional Agrologist designations.    I have enjoyed working with the Pioneer Coop AG Team as an Agrologist since 2008 and look forward to the variability and excitement of the ag industry each year.  My husband farms full time, and we have two kids who love growing up with all the opportunities farm life provides.

Chace Nelson

I grew up west of Hodgeville Sk on our family grain and cattle operation.  I attended the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and BioResources, convocating with a BSA in Agronomy in the spring of 2016.  While attending university I stayed involved in my family farm renting land and helping run the operation.  I started my position as Junior Sales Agronomist based out of Swift Current in May, 2016.  I also enjoy playing  Senior hockey and baseball on the local teams in Hodgeville.

Dana Singbeil, PAg

Agrologist

I was raised on a grain farm south of Rosetown, SK and I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011.  My past work experience includes in-office sales and agronomy.  I have been with the Pioneer Co-op since 2013, and I work primarily in the Swift Current and Stewart Valley areas. I hold my Professional Agrologist and Certified Crop Advisor designations.  My husband and I live in Swift Current, and enjoy spending time at our parents’ farms helping out.

Eric Oliver, PAg

Agrologist

I was raised and am still involved in our mixed farm near Aneroid. We, like most farmers, have changed our farming operation from a durum/summerfallow rotation when I was a kid, to zero till with a diverse cropping rotation that includes primarily durum, field peas and canola.  I have a Diploma and a Degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan.  My professional career includes 12 years with the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association, contract work with the Environmental Farm Plan, and Great Plains Camelina. I have also been the President of Wheatland Conservation Area since 1994, a private, non-profit applied research organization.  I have been a Professional Agrologist for 24 years and love the challenges that agriculture brings. My family includes my lovely wife Wanda of 30 years and three children, two boys and a girl, with only my youngest in her last year of High School.

Jamie Holdstock, PAg

I grew up on a farm in north east Saskatchewan with grain, leaf cutter bees, horses and cattle. I attended Lakeland College and fell in love with agriculture. After receiving my diploma at college I transferred to university and completed a  Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters in Meat
Science from the University of Alberta. I worked in academia for a few years and missed working with producers so decided to move back to Saskatchewan for work. I have worked in several unique areas of the agricultural industry such as: beef slaughter houses, feedlots, Sask Crop Insurance, research, agri-environmental planning, and teaching. I am passionate about agriculture and convinced the best people to work with are in this industry. I look forward to working in agriculture because it is constantly adapting and changing, which provides a great learning opportunity.

Jenna Ternes-Lerner

Jenna works as a branch manager at the Sceptre location.  In 2008 she convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.  Jenna along with her husband and four children run a cattle operation south east of Fox Valley. 

Jennifer Bingham, PAg

JenAgrologist

I was raised on a grain farm at Colonsay, SK, which is East of Saskatoon. I attended the University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture, and convocated in 2004. After attaining my BSA, I obtained my Professional Agrologist designation through the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. I have enjoyed working with the Pioneer Coop AG Team as an Agrologist for eleven years now and look forward to the excitement and unpredictability of the ag industry each year.

Jennifer is currently enjoying a year of maternity leave.

JJ Jahnke, AAg

Agrologist

I was raised on a ranch Northeast of Gouldtown, SK. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan majoring in animal science.   As a summer student with Sask Ag in Lands branch, I worked with a plant ecologist who made plants interesting!  After working in sales and retail after convocation I spent fifteen years in oil and gas working for environmental consulting companies.  I started with Pioneer Co-op in July 2013 and enjoy the new challenges and experiences that being an agrologist offer. I work in the Maple Creek, Consul and Sceptre areas. I am an Articling Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and live in Maple Creek with my son Wyatt.

Kate Hatherley

Growing up, I moved around a lot. My father is a mining engineer and his work took my family to many unique locations all over North America. While living in Flin Flon, Manitoba my brothers and I got to spend a bit of time at my extended family’s farms in Radisson Saskatchewan. This is where my love for agriculture became obvious to me. After graduating high school in North Bay, Ontario I made the decision to attend Olds College in Olds, Alberta. While in Olds, I also played College volleyball and soccer. After my first year I also obtained an internship placement with the Yukon Government and had the coolest experience working on a farm in the middle of the Yukon River, 8 miles upriver from Dawson City. In 2013 I graduated with my diploma in Agricultural Management. Since my graduation I have worked in crop inputs stations as well as livestock operations. Currently I’m working at the Kyle branch and am planning on getting my CCA and completing my AT designation. During my off time, I enjoy hiking with my dog or working with my horses

Ken Wall. PAg

I grew up on a mixed farm south of Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, in 1983.  I have spent 33 years working with AAFC at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, concentrating on salinity research and operating a Salinity Tolerance Testing Lab.  I recently changed careers, joining the Pioneer Coop AG Team as an agrologist in January of 2016.  I look forward to learning the Ag retail sector and working with producers who drive this exciting industry.  My wife, Marilyn and I have four children and continue to operate a small ranch south of Swift Current.  My hobbies include coaching my son’s baseball team and working with horses.

Megan Bjerland, AAg

I was raised on a grain and cattle farm North of Rose Valley, SK where my passion for agriculture started. I attended the University of Saskatchewan out of high school and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness in 2015. In the past, I have gained agricultural knowledge working for two summers in research and a summer at a grain elevator. I have been with the Pioneer Coop since April 2015 and am an Articling Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. I currently live in Swift Current, SK working out of the Swift Current Agronomy Centre.

Shelby Leischner

I grew up in Innisfail, Alberta on a mixed grain and cattle farm. I completed my bachelor’s degree in science with a major in biology in 2016 at the University of Calgary. I started with Pioneer Coop in May of 2016 at the Frontier location. I am currently working towards my Certified Crop Advisor status. I have a strong passion for agriculture and working with farmers.

Agronomy Address:

2284 South Service Road West

Swift Current, SK

S9H 3X6

Phone:

(306)778-8705

 

 

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