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Measuring sustainability and environmental impact.

Exploring solutions to reduce negative environmental impacts while maintaining or increasing yield.

 

Sustainability

CIBO Sustainability Score

Sustainable land practices frequently involve trade-offs: environmental, economic, and societal outcomes must be weighed when considering how to best manage the land. CIBO simulates different combinations of management practices to help growers optimize yields while also creating a sustainable agriculture system.

CIBO technology takes a myriad of factors into account when predicting future land conditions, which minimizes uncertainty and offers actionable information into environmental and economic sustainability. This information is valuable because it reduces pollution, limits negative crop yields in future growing seasons, and provides deep insight into land efficiency. All of this valuable data is quickly and easily found via our platform.

 

How does CIBO define sustainability?

Sustainable land management helps us balance the goals of environmental, economic, and societal opportunities for present and future generations while maintaining—and even enhancing—the quality of the farmland.

Why is it important?

Evaluating land for any investment decisionsuch as renting, buying, or managing a farm—relies on productivity potential. But there’s another factor to consider as well: land investors (and their stakeholders) want to ensure their investment is being managed sustainably, so the land remains viable. CIBO offers a platform to gather high-quality, field-level information with simulation technology, so growers and buyers can truly understand the value of the farmland. Using CIBO, customers can predict future performance when using sustainable management practices to increase certainty in investment and farm management decisions.

How is sustainability calculated?

CIBO’s sustainability score is derived from science-based estimates of the environmental impacts of farming on a specific parcel of land. These impacts are calculated using the parcel’s soil and weather information to drive proprietary crop simulations under realistic and regionally appropriate management practices.

The CIBO sustainability score weighs several factors, including:

  • Nitrogen leaching score: We calculate the annual amount of nitrogen leaving a parcel and entering the surrounding area. Nitrogen fertilizer is necessary for maximizing yields, but nitrogen leaching adversely affects groundwater and can cause illness in people as well as kill fish and other aquatic life.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions score: We determine the annual amount of greenhouse gases released from a parcel of farmland. Row cropping produces greenhouse gas emissions through a number of channels, including carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide resulting from the soil and the production of nitrogen fertilizer, and carbon dioxide created by farm equipment that burns diesel. However, since growing plants also remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, estimating the net effect requires complex calculations.

The component scores are based on output from the Systems Approach to Land Use Sustainability (SALUS), as well as relevant management practices and values.

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