Pioneer Agronomist Services include 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. Our Agronomists look after all agronomic information related to crop production. Please contact one of the Agronomists about any crop protection questions.
Please see our Hours, Contacts and Location Info page for location details.
- Whether it's seed, fertilizer, crop protection, or beyond, we provide the products you need to maximize your crop yields.
- To assist you in application, we offer custom application and equipment rentals. Our rental line includes Valmar, Land Rollers, Healy Harrows, and Pro-till.
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Meet our Pioneer Co-op Grow Team
Duane Horvey, AAg, CCA
Duane Horvey was raised on a mixed farm east of Cabri Saskatchewan. He received a diploma in Animal Science, then continued on to get a degree in Agronomy from the University of Saskatchewan. Duane spent 8 years at an independent Ag retail in Northwest Saskatchewan until 2019 when he moved back to Southwest Saskatchewan and joined Pioneer Co-op. He is primarily working in the Kyle and Stewart Valley areas. Duane is looking forward to becoming part of his community in Southwest Saskatchewan and helping achieve production goals on your farm.
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 30 years and love the challenges that agriculture brings. My family includes my lovely wife Wanda and three children, two boys and a girl.
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, Agrologist
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, PAg, CAA — 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 and Consul and areas. I am an Articling Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and live in Maple Creek with my son Wyatt.
Kate Hatherley, AAT — On Academic Leave
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
Megan Bjerland, PAg — Crop Inputs Assistant Manager
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, Agronomist
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.
Shelby Leischner, AAg, CCA
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 obtained my Certified Crop Advisor status in 2018 and am currently working towards my Professional Agrologist designation from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. I have a strong passion for agriculture and working with farmers.
Joelle Pappenfus, AAT — On Maternity Leave
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.
Takaila Kendall, AAG — On Maternity Leave
I grew up on a mixed farm just outside of Cadillac, SK. I graduated in 2017 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in agribusiness. I now reside back home on my grandparents homestead south of Cadillac. I started working at the Ponteix branch as a junior agronomist in May 2017. During my time away from work, I enjoy working with our cattle on the farm, coaching volleyball and baseball and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Dennis Muc, PAg
Swift Current Phone Numbers:
Front Desk: 306-778-8705
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Division Manager: Darin Norleen 306-741-8474
Crop Supply Manager: Reg Wilson 306-778-8885
Fertilizer Manager: Kyle Bolton CCA 306-778-8890