The Cool Farm Tool Water metrics provide crop irrigation requirements
and blue and green water footprints

Water matters

With 70 percent of fresh water globally consumed by agriculture, farmers and supply chains are often called on to provide assessments of water used for crop production and ensure efficiency.

quick and easy

Water footprints can be cumbersome and data intensive. But the Cool Farm Tool water metrics enable farmers to quickly and easily account for their crops’ water needs and gain insight into better practice.

Minimal data entry, maximum output

Behind the scenes, the tool combines just a few additional user inputs with global data sets for crop, soil and climate data, to provide crop water estimates.

Irrigation optimization

Find out if you over or under irrigated. Compare water applied with estimated requirements based on global datasets. Optimal water can mean optimal yields, meaning all resources – both natural and financial – are used most efficiently.

Put the focus on what you can do

Try out management options like irrigation type and increasing soil organic matter to see how to improve water retention and make the most of each drop of water applied.

This is just the beginning

Future releases will compare crop water footprints to water scarcity/availability in the region, include more crops and more management options to consider, and provide calculations to inform water catchment policies.

Data Inputs

  • Click on a map to record latitude and longitude
  • Enter irrigation applied added to compare with crop irrigation need
  • Planting/harvesting timeframes
  • Soil moisture at planting (dry, medium, wet)
  • How irrigation events are spread throughout growing season

Measure and reduce your water footprint with the CFT:

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