Katie MacMillan is a Precision Agronomist with Farmers Edge. Her company provides agronomy and Variable Rate Technology services to farmers, connecting technology with traditional agronomic practices. Katie understands the role Saskatchewan plays in a safe and nutritious food supply and takes pride in helping producers grow their crop the best, most sustainable way possible.
Katie has a bachelor of science in agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan. She graduated in 2011 and since then has taken the certified crop science consultant course also through the University of Saskatchewan. While in school, Katie was involved with the Agriculture Student Association and the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.
Katie is responsible for the Cypress territory in the Swift Current area, providing producers with services and advice on how to get maximum yields in the most sustainable way possible. She says the best part of her job is having the opportunity to build relationships with farmers in her area. Katie relies heavily on technology to complete her daily tasks, doing things like using satellite imagery to create production maps, writing fertility recommendations for fields, delivering variable rate prescriptions to farmers, scouting fields, collecting samples for tissue testing and soil sampling. During the fall and winter, soil sampling and planning for the upcoming crop season keeps her busy, as well as attending producer meetings and visiting farm shows across Western Canada.
Katie sees agriculture as one of the most exciting and innovative fields to be in. Growing up on a farm, she was exposed to agriculture her whole life and it was her first career choice, but said she sees immense opportunity in agriculture for people who do not come from a farming background as well.
Other careers in Agronomy: Soil Conservationist, Crop Inspector, Rangeland Manager, Fertilizer Specialist, Soil Chemist and many more.
Where to take courses: University of Saskatchewan and Regional Colleges.
Average Yearly Salary Range: $69,617*
Job Prospects: Average
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*All salaries based on the 2013 Saskatchewan Wage Survey Report