The Cool Farm Tool quantifies on-farm greenhouse gas emissions
and soil carbon sequestration
Demonstrate good practice
Farmers manage for cost, productivity and soil health. The Cool Farm Tool can show how these management decisions sequester carbon or reduce greenhouse gas emissions – an issue customers care about.
Quick and easy
It takes just 10-15 minutes to get a rough estimate, and the calculations are based on information you will have on hand or easily accessible.
The Cool Farm Tool isn’t just a calculator. It stimulates thinking about management, by showing hotspots and helping to develop action plans.
Results tailored to your field
Reducing tillage and adding cover crops can reduce and offset problem emissions while building soil health. But each farm and field responds differently. The Cool Farm Tool allows farmers to find out how their fields respond to the management options of interest.
Encourage good agriculture practice
With an interactive interface designed to be simple to use, but scientifically robust in the complex arena of carbon accounting, the Cool Farm Tool encourages, motivates and rewards good agricultural practice.
Tested and Adopted
The Cool Farm Tool has been tested and adopted by a range of multinational companies who are working with their suppliers to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the effort to mitigate global climate change.
Crop Data Requirements
Livestock Data Requirements
Enter data and then modify entries to see how much of a difference available changes will make on your farm. Download the complete data requirements for crops here.
Complete annotated downloadable data requirements for livestock coming soon.
Start using the Cool Farm Tool to measure carbon:Create an account
1 – General
2 – Growing area
3 – Field treatment
4 – Management
5 – Energy
6 – Transport
• N2O emissions based on an empirical model built from an analysis of over 800 global datasets. These datasets refine IPCC Tier 1 estimates of N2O emission by factoring in the guiding drivers of N2O emissions such as rate of N applied, soil texture, soil carbon, moisture and soil pH,
• Soil carbon sequestration based the results of published studies built from over 100 global datasets
• Embedded fertilizer production emissions based on the most up to date, peer reviewed industry data.
• Fuel and electricity use utilizing standard conversion factors, taking into account the energy mix of each country and territory.
For a complete technical description of the Cool Farm Tool GHG method, please contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cool Farm Tool was originally developed in Excel. This tool will not be supported in the future and does not contain all the latest updates found in the online tool but is available for use under the “Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives” creative commons license. For commercial use, please refer to the membership cost structure.
* EXCEL – This Excel version of the Cool Farm Tool (CFT) DOWNLOAD HERE
PepsiCo and McCain Foods worked with Dr Jon Hillier (Aberdeen University), Dr Anton Haverkort (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) and ADAS to build potato specific features into the tool. Reference: Haverkort, A.J. and Hillier, J. G. (2011), “Cool Farm Tool Potato: model description and performance of four potato production systems”. Potato Research 54: 355-369.
Thank you for developing such a highly functional and helpful tool for farmers around the world.Wisconsin potato farmer