Farmscoper is a decision support tool that can be used to assess diffuse agricultural pollutant loads on a farm and quantify the impacts of farm mitigation methods on these pollutants.
The farm systems within the tool can be customised to reflect management and environmental conditions representative of farming across England and Wales. The tool contains over 100 mitigation methods, including many of those in the Defra Mitigation Method User Guide.
FARMSCOPER was originally developed under Defra project WQ0106. It was expanded under Defra Project SCF0104 to include additional pollutants and two new workbooks – one providing greater detail on the costs of mitigation method implementation, the other allowing the tool to be applied at catchment to a national scale. Under Environment Agency and Defra funding, the latest version (v5) has been revised to use up to date climate, agricultural survey and farm management data, and the GHG calculations have been updated to more closely match the latest UK Agricultural Ammonia and GHG inventory.
New documentation on applying Farmscoper at smaller spatial scales is included in the installation package.
Farmscoper V5 is free to download, however you are required to enter your name and email address. This will only be used for the purposes of keeping in touch with any updates and will not be shared with third parties.
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The information supplied in the FARMSCOPER software is for guidance purposes only and is not intended to fully substitute for professional agricultural advice. Users are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of all data entered and used by FARMSCOPER, and for any commercial decisions taken based on any of the outputs of this software.
Unlike previous versions of Farmscoper, v5 does not require installation. Users can download and place the files in any desired directory. An icon is not created in the Windows Start Menu or included on the desktop.