Alan Steven

Hillhead Farm, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, Fife 

  • Farm size: 138ha 
  • Annual rainfall: 710mm 
  • Soil type: Loam 

Alan Steven farms in Fife near the coast with his brother, John, and cousins. He grows premium crops; a mixture of potatoes, field-scale vegetables and cereals on a seven-year rotation for local markets.  Other enterprises are Brussels sprouts (10ha), parsnips (6ha), malting barley (40ha), oats (10ha) and winter wheat (14ha).

Transition goals: 

  • Reducing cultivations 
  • Improving soil health 
  • More resilient rotations 
 

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AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Transition Farmer Podcast: Producing crops for local markets

Scottish farmer Alan Steven farms cereals and field-scale vegetables at Hillhead Farm, Kingsbarns, near St Andrew, Fife. In this episode, Alan talks about his quest to produce quality crops while…

SOILS

Soil health key to premium crop grower's sustainability goals

Growing premium crops for local markets is helping Fife farmer Alan Steven optimise margins at Hillhead Farm, Kingsbarns, St Andrews. “Our location means haulage is a significant factor,” says Mr…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Rotation planning: How should you plan for future changes?

Rotation planning for the next few years should start with the acknowledgement that nothing is cast in stone anymore, say agronomists and consultants. After two consecutive wet autumns and dry…

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