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Balruddery Research Farm

Aerial photograph of Balruddery Research Farm
Balruddery Research Farm is the site of the Centre for Sustainable Cropping and also where our annual field event Potatoes in Practice is held.

Balruddery Research Farm is an 170 ha arable farm located seven miles west of Dundee and between 70 and 124m above sea level on the lower slopes of the Sidlaw Hills. There are 23 fields varying in size from 2.0 ha to 11 ha. The soil is a sandy loam, slightly shallow in depth on the eastern fringes adjacent to Balruddery Den.

The farm is fairly typical of the area, with field boundaries being marked by drystone dykes with wooded den of the Balruddery Burn on the eastern boundary. There are mature tree lines and an old hedgerow along some of the dykes and two smaller watercourses that run west to east across the farm and feed into the West Den of Balruddery.

The farm has previously grown oilseed rape, potatoes, barley, wheat and grass.

It is the site of the Centre for Sustainable Cropping and also where our annual field event  Potatoes in Practice held.

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