The Centre for Sustainable Cropping Platform is based at Balruddery Farm near Dundee, Scotland and is run by the James Hutton Institute. The farm platform comprises a 42 ha block of six fields, established in 2009 to integrate cross-disciplinary research on sustainability in arable ecosystems.
The platform provides a whole systems framework for designing and testing cropping systems to optimise yield and environmental health for long-term food security. We aim to enhance biodiversity for ecosystem services, and reduce the environmental footprint of crop production by minimising losses and increasing the efficiency of resource use.
It is the first of its scale in the UK and provides an open research facility to test and demonstrate the economic, ecological and environmental trade-offs in sustainable land management over many decades.
We welcome visitors and support collaborative projects through access to fields, datasets and archived material. Please get in touch for more information.