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Sandy Knolls Research Inc. is dedicated to providing reliable, consistent and precise data for the agriculture research industry.

Our experience, expertise and location provide an ideal testing ground within the microclimate of Elgin County.

We are dedicated to yielding results that matter.


President Mike Vereecken brings forth considerable education and hands on experience to Sandy Knolls Research Inc. His expertise in the precise and reliable extraction of data has been acquired over the last 13 years in the agriculture research industry.

Mike is credited with an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. In the field he has acted as a Research Technician, Associate, and Specialist, representing institutions such as,  the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, DuPont Pioneer, and Vaughn Agricultural Research Services Ltd. (VARS).

Mike's proudest accomplishment is his 20+ years of helping to run his family's farms. The combination of his education, agronomic background, and industry experience make him an accomplished leader and example for the quality work Sandy Knolls Research Inc. consistently provides.


Sandy Knolls Research is located in one of Canada’s most diverse crop production areas, located just off the North shore of Lake Erie near the quaint village of Vienna, Ontario (Elgin County).

The facility and operations are situated on 170 acres of level Plainfield loamy sand that is subjected to a unique micro-climate which supports the region’s Plant Hardiness Zone 6b designation and North America Field Trial Region 5b. Our field trials are primarily conducted on the vast sandy soil but areas of clay and loam can also be found at the facilities.

Sandy Knolls Research is fortunate to have multiple satellite farms readily available in two separate counties, Norfolk County and Oxford County in addition to the main facility in Elgin County.

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