December 16, 2010
On Wednesday, December 15, USDA announced the release of an updated and expanded online tool to help producers estimate on-farm carbon emissions and sequestration associated with their farm management practices.
The COMET-VR 2.0 calculator, developed in collaboration with Colorado State University, can estimate the carbon sequestration and emission reductions associated with the implementation of conservation practices for cropland, pasture, rangeland, orchards and agroforestry, as well as changes to biomass and soil carbon stock over time.
This second edition of the tool can also estimate reductions in nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural practices that improve the efficiency of fertilizer and manure applications.
Estimates are made based on location (state and county), parcel size, surface soil texture, approximate historic land use changes, tillage and fertilization practices, future land management and carbon storage practices, and current fossil fuel electricity consumption.
We’d like your feedback on this tool. Is it user-friendly? Does it adequately account for the management practices employed on small and mid-sized farms? Does it work well for diversified sustainable or organic production systems? How could the tool be improved?
To try the COMET-VR 2.0 calculator, click here. We encourage you to leave any feedback on the tool in the comments section of this blog entry.