Mr Michael van der Laan

Agricultural Research Council
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Associate Professor - Agronomy and Soil Science
Programme Leader: Agricultural Management


  • Long-term interests in studying nitrogen dynamics in agroecosystems, non-point source pollution and agricultural water management
  • Competent in agricultural systems modelling with DSSAT, APSIM, SWB, AquaCrop and Hydrus
  • FORTRAN, Delphi programming skills
  • Part of the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project (AGMIP) on African Low Inputs Systems and Soybean
  • Involved in piloting Data Intensive Farm Management in South Africa in collaboration with the University of Illinois
  • Vice-Chair of the ICID Working Group on Environment, Treasurer of the South African National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage
  • Teach the undergraduate course Sustainable Crop Production and Agroclimatology (PPK 251)
  • Part of the Ingesta project, investigating the use of social media to facilitate knowledge exchange between universities and farmers (