JACK VAN ROESTEL, MSc., P.Ag., CCA

Field Crops Specialist

Jack has over 30 years’ experience in the agricultural industry working with producers, provincial, regional and national associations.

He provides advisory services in agronomy crops, nutrient management, soil fertility, weed management, crop rotation, soil conservation and feed quality. He also does applied research, technology transfer and extension education.

Jack has been the Maritime Corn Testing program coordinator since 1997 and publishes the annual Corn and Cereal Guides to Variety Selection. Jack offers expertise in improved crop management for forage, corn, cereal and soybean production, as well as nutrient management plans. He assists with in-field diagnostic decisions on tillage practices, fertility, weeds, pests, harvest timing and crop rotation planning. Jack has developed over two hundred nutrient management plans in Nova Scotia from 2004-2010. He is the Maritime Rep on the Canadian Corn Pest Coalition (CCPC) group and the Nova Scotia government rep on the Atlantic Grains Council.

Some of Jack’s most recent projects include: N & K fertility rates on alfalfa-grass mixtures, evaluation of corn hybrids in single vs. triple row assessment trials, straw yield determinations for NS recommended wheat & barley varieties, yield and 3-year persistence assessment of 78 forage species/varieties in the 2007-2010 Maritime Forage Super Test.

He is routinely asked to present sessions on agronomy and soil management to NS growers and Maritime agrologists; as well as lecturing at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He writes the Croplinks newsletter and in 2011 was awarded the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists Distinguished Agrologist Award for achievements in agronomy and agricultural extension.