Determining the greenhouse gas, or carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions from a farming scenario can have differing approaches and results, depending on the intended application of the information. From a grower perspective, motives for understanding CO2-e emissions from a farming operation could include identifying opportunities for improved nutrient utilisation, improved market access or simply understanding a carbon footprint and looking to minimise it as a matter of principle.
GrainGrowers initiated a project with Kondinin Group researchers to better understand the availability and function of a range of greenhouse gas calculators. The Cool Farm Tool was assessed together with other four calculators relevant to growing cereals, pulses and oilseeds.
Find the project report here.