Pioneer CO-OP

Meet our Pioneer Co-op Grow 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.

Chace Nelson, AAg

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 as a sales agronomist in Swift Current covering the Herbert and Morse branches in May, 2016.  I also enjoy playing  Senior hockey and baseball on the local teams in Hodgeville.

Dana Singbeil, PAg, CCA


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


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 30 years and love the challenges that agriculture brings. My family includes my lovely wife Wanda and three children, two boys and a girl.

Garnet Sloman, CCA

I was raised on a mixed farm at Aneroid, SK. I obtained my Certified Crop Advisor designation and have worked with Ag retails in Southwest Saskatchewan for 32 yeas before joining the Pioneer Co-op Grow team in the spring of 2018. I currently work at the Agronomy Centre in Swift Current as a Sales Agronomist, where I enjoy working with the team, customers and wide variety of products we carry. I live in Swift Current with my wife and two children. I stay busy by coaching my son's football team and attending the kids other activities.

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


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 Grow Team as an Agrologist since 2005 and look forward to the excitement and unpredictability of the ag industry each year.


JJ Jahnke, AAg


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 and Consul areas. I am an Articling Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and live in Maple Creek with my son Wyatt.

Joelle Pappenfus, AAT:

I grew up on a mixed farm just outside of Shaunavon, SK. I graduated in 2015 from Lethbridge College with a Diploma in Agriculture Technology. I worked at the Shaunavon Co-op through high school and college, then moved to Meadow Lake where I worked as an agronomist and branch manager for 2 years. I moved back to Shaunavon and started as an agronomist with Pioneer Co-op in the fall of 2018. I am also an Articling Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. I got married in the fall of 2018 and spend my free time hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. 

Kate Hatherley, AAT

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 Grow 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, PAg

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 a Professional Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. I currently live on a farm outside Abbey, SK. working out of the Swift Current Agronomy Centre and helping with agronomy at our Sceptre location.

Rahul Patel, PAg, CCA


My Grandparents were farmers in India producing dairy, cereal grains and mango. I have a Masters of Science and a PH.D credit study in Plant Pathology & Agricultural Entomology from India. I immigrated to Canada in 2007, and worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture before joining the Shaunavon Co-op in 2012 as an Agronomist. I am now an Agronomist with Pioneer Co-op helping Shaunavon region farmers to make better agronomic decisions and achieve sustainable crop production I also won the Prairie CCA-2017 award for providing outstanding agronomy services in the Shaunavon region. I am always encouraging farmers to adopt 4R NMS and timely fungicides application to manage crop diseases. My goal is to help farmers make better choices sharing new ideas and technologies. Being a PAg and CCA-PP & ON is my ethical guarantee that I have my client's best interests foremost in my mind.

Agronomy Address:

2284 South Service Road West

Swift Current, SK

S9H 3X6





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