About Us


Tall Pines Agricultural Research main office and the home farm are nestled in the quaint community of Rockwood, Ontario. We are fortunate to have an auxiliary location in Branchton, Ontario ~40 km south of Rockwood. We are able to carry out trials in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) agricultural zone 5. We also have a strong grower and cooperator network we use to conduct specific trials better suited to a specific growing situation. 


Tall Pines has been accepting a diversity of efficacy trials since the spring of 2018. Over the 2019 season, we applied and were inspected to become Standards Council Canada (SCC) compliant. This SCC certification will allow us to perform GLP studies. As of January 2020, we are fully certified and ready to service your GLP trial requirements. 

Mike Sharman
Mike Sharman

Mike Sharman was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. With the
family farm being only 15 minutes away it was clear from a very young age
where Mike’s interest and passion were. Summers were spent on the farm helping his grandfather with his cash crop and cow-calf operation. Mike received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Honours Agriculture from 
the University of Guelph with a focus on plant and soil science. Immediately following graduation Mike also obtained his Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Certificate.

Mike has been in agricultural research since 2014 and has managed efficacy and crop residue trials in predominantly field crop systems. Along with completing research trials, he is responsible for the acquisition of and maintenance required for the fleet of research equipment. 

Aside from keeping busy with research, Mike also manages his cash cropping business as well as assisting with the family farm. 

Colleen Szentimrey
Colleen Szentimrey

Colleen Szentimrey was born and raised in rural Branchton, Ontario, Canada to an agriculturally rooted family. She was fortunate to grow up surrounded by a blend of family dairy and cash crop farming. Colleen is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science. She started in agricultural research in 2012 and has many managed efficacy and residue trials since then. Colleen has focused on horticultural cropping systems, residue trials, and several soil dissipation studies. 

Colleen has worked hard over the last two years to prepare for the application and inspection of the Tall Pines facilities in order to become SCC compliant. We look forward to the opportunities this certification will bring to the business in 2020.