HomeThe Centre for Sustainable Cropping Platform was established in 2009 to test the long-term impacts of an integrated cropping system on whole-system sustainability. We are developing a production system that addresses the three major global challenges facing agriculture today:
- Food Security and human health – by adopting more resource efficient production systems, crop types, combinations and varieties, we aim to maintain yields and improve product quality
- The Climate Emergency – by enhancing soil biophysical quality and reducing dependence on mineral fertiliser inputs, we can minimise pollution and losses through run-off, leaching, erosion and GHG emissions
- The Biodiversity Crisis – by conserving arable habitats, diversifying field margins and beneficial in-field weed communities, and applying IPM strategies to reduce reliance on crop protection chemicals, we will enhance biodiversity, improve system resilience and promote the delivery of ecosystem services
A vitual tour of the Balruddery platform is available on this website.
The new handbook of simple, on-farm indicators is available to download.
We welcome visitors and support collaborative projects through access to fields, datasets
and archived material.
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