That was part of the reason Cool Planet, a Denver-based ag tech soil health company, has opted to reveal a multitude of its research findings and launch a Trial Results Database.
The platform will feature a searchable database of over 80 different trials, rendering 30 different types of crops grown across the United States, Mexico, and China.
Cool Planet partnered with over 50 independent, third-party university and agricultural researchers to conduct the studies.
The trial program utilized standard design methods for most of the trials, including randomized, complete block, replicated design, where fields or orchards are divided into units to account for any soil variation in the field.
When asked for specifics about such things as acreage, funding, researcher experience, and seed selection, a Cool Planet representative said, “In some cases, we were restricted with the type of information we could share publicly, and we decided the database wasn’t the right venue to share some information without proper context, or a deeper conversation with growers and our industry partners.”
While added transparency is always a scientific plus, the database will also end up serving as part of a strategy to promote Cool Terra products, which aim to improve soil health, reduce water consumption, and help optimize fertilizer use while sequestering substantial amounts of carbon – a trifecta, of sorts, toward soil health, food security, and sustainability.
The highly porous physical structure of Cool Terra also makes it a promising delivery system for microbials and nutritionals designed to enhance plant growth and productivity.