The Centre for Sustainable Cropping comprises a 42 hectare block of six fields in the south-east of Balruddery Farm. The effects of sustainable versus conventional cropping systems are tested using a split-field design over multiple six year rotations.
Each field was divided in to two and the conventional or sustainable cropping treatment was randomly allocated to either half. Each half field is subdivided into 2 main variety blocks with an additional 18 m strip available for plot-scale experiments. Across the whole site there are a total of 360 permanent GPS locations at which key arable systems indicators are surveyed throughout each growing season.