The Indigo Offer

Indigo Australia Has Launched in Three Crops

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Wheat
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Barley
Cotton Crop
Cotton

Indigo WheatTM

Subject to terms of the Indigo Grower Agreement

The Indigo Offer is a new way for farmers to manage their working capital whilst benefiting from proprietary microbial technology to boost crop performance under harsh conditions. 

We pre-pay for a portion of the crop that is equivalent to the cost of production. Indigo then provides Indigo Wheat™, comprehensive IT/agtech tools, and further support to help the farmer capture full market value of the crop.

Following four years of assessment through controlled trials and commercial field environments throughout the world, our inaugural pilot season of Indigo Wheat™ in Australia was launched in Northwest Victoria in 2017. Results showed an encouraging +14% yield increase vs non-treated wheat across the paddocks. This follows an average yield increase of +15.7% in US commercial fields under high stress conditions earlier in the year. Further info here.

Indigo Wheat™ leverages naturally-occurring, in-plant microbes (endophytes) that are selected to maximise cereal yields in the Australian wheat belt by improving plant tolerance to water stress – in short, Indigo technology inoculates the crop from environmental stresses.

The pricing of the technology is determined by the productivity gain realised by the farmer: if it is determined that the technology has been unable to deliver a satisfactory yield increase, the product fee is reduced or ultimately waived.

For further information on the product and opportunity for 2018 winter crop, drop us a note below and we’ll be in touch.

 


Wheat Overview

Indigo BarleyTM

Subject to terms of the Indigo Grower Agreement

The Indigo Offer is a new way for farmers to manage their working capital whilst benefiting from proprietary microbial technology to boost crop performance under harsh conditions. 

We pre-pay for a portion of the crop that is equivalent to the cost of production. Indigo then provides Indigo Barley™, comprehensive IT/agtech tools, and further support to help the farmer capture full market value of the crop.

Following four years of assessment through controlled trials and commercial field environments throughout the world, our inaugural pilot season of Indigo Wheat™ in Australia was launched in Northwest Victoria in 2017. Results showed an encouraging +14% yield increase vs non-treated wheat across the paddocks. This follows an average yield increase of +15.7% in US commercial fields under high stress conditions earlier in the year. Further info here.

Indigo Wheat™ and Indigo Barley™ leverage naturally-occurring, in-plant microbes (endophytes) that are selected to maximise cereal yields in the Australian grain belt by improving plant tolerance to water stress – in short, Indigo technology inoculates the crop from environmental stresses.

The pricing of the technology is determined by the productivity gain realised by the farmer: if it is determined that the technology has been unable to deliver a satisfactory yield increase, the product fee is reduced or ultimately waived.

For further information on the product and opportunity for 2018 winter crop, drop us a note below and we’ll be in touch.

 

Indigo CottonTM

Subject to terms of the Indigo Grower Agreement

Thank you for your support of Indigo CottonTM during the 2017-18 season.

Check back soon for our offer for the coming season!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Indigo Overview

Who is Indigo?

Indigo, an agriculture company launched in 2014, has its roots in a breakthrough idea: By harnessing the power of the plant microbiome, we can help farmers sustainably feed the planet. In essence, our company adds the most beneficial endophytes—microorganisms that reside within plant tissues—to agricultural crops in the form of a seed coating, which is proven to perform in a wide variety of growing conditions. Recently, Indigo expanded its business through the introduction of the Indigo Offer, a production model that seeks to enhance farm profitability.

To which crops does Indigo apply its seed treatment?

Indigo’s commercial products include Indigo Wheat™, Indigo Cotton™, Indigo Corn™, Indigo Soy™, and Indigo Rice™. In Australia, we have thus far launched in cotton and wheat. Our products are available in the U.S., Argentina, and Australia, with plans for further international launches.

Where is Indigo based?

Indigo operates out of its Boston, Massachusetts, USA headquarters, as well as out of Memphis, Tennessee, USA where its commercial facilities are located. This year, the company expanded further with the opening of its first international offices in Sydney, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Who makes up the Indigo team?

Indigo excels in bringing people together from many different backgrounds in business, agriculture, science, and technology. With research and development at the heart of what we do, our team celebrates innovation, experimentation, and collaboration. We are a purpose-driven team, committed to our core values of transparency, respect, honesty, and integrity. Read more about our team here.

In which crops is Indigo launching in Australia?

Our initial focus has been on relieving water stress, a foremost concern for farmers, who face dry spells of increasing frequency and intensity. Hence, our first two commercial products, Indigo CottonTM and Indigo WheatTM, were developed to enable improved water uptake, allowing plants achieve higher yields despite water-stressed environments. At  Indigo, we will continue to broaden our product portfolio to mitigate other abiotic stresses, including nutrient deficiencies, cold and wet stress, and salinity. We also plan to develop products that address biotic stresses—such as pests and disease—to provide growers with effective tools that enable them to meaningfully reduce agricultural chemical use.
Microbial Technology & Products

What are microbes?

Microbes—single-celled organisms so tiny that millions can fit through the eye of a needle—have evolved in conjunction with plants over millions of years. They occur naturally and in many cases play an important role in the health of the plants they inhabit, helping them to grow.

How does Indigo’s microbial technology work?

Indigo’s selection of beneficial microorganisms is based on a cutting-edge computational biology platform that enables rapid iteration and improvement. We analyze the genomic makeup of plant microbial strains and use machine learning to predict and select the most effective candidates, which are then developed into valuable products (seed coatings) that perform across a range of geographies and growing conditions.

How is Indigo different from other companies using microbes?

There has been awareness of the role of microbes and microbial technology in boosting agricultural yields for several years. Whereas many agriculture input companies have focused on microorganisms that live in the soil, Indigo is unique in its early focus on in-plant microbes – endophytes - that have co-evolved with agricultural crops over the course of millennia to help them endure a broad spectrum of environmental conditions.

How does Indigo’s microbial seed treatment increase yield?

By reintroducing beneficial microbes into crops, Indigo’s technology can lead to higher yields and healthier harvests by building crop resilience against major environmental stresses such as drought, heat, and salinity, boosting efficient plant uptake of water and soil nutrients.

Are there regional differences in the efficacy of microbes?

Our microbes are effective across geographies. For example, Indigo CottonTM, developed to address water stress, has led to yield improvements in a variety of regions and growing conditions. These improvements have generally been greatest, though, in regions where water stress is most pronounced.

Does Indigo collaborate with research universities to develop products and validate data?

We partner with academic institutions worldwide in their research dedicated to the plant microbiome. We have tested and developed our microbial products through collaborations with Flinders University (Australia), Texas A&M, AIT (Austria), University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and others. We value these partnerships very highly as they allow Indigo to maintain scientific rigor by leveraging the research and insights of academics in the space. For instance, our partnership with Flinders has positioned us to develop strains particular to Australia and support the implementation of large-scale field trials.
Safety / Regulatory

How do you know it’s safe to add microbes to food crops?

Indigo's biological seed treatments are based on beneficial endophytes, naturally-occurring microbes that exist inside of plants’ healthy tissues.

Our biological seed applied technologies and products are intended to enhance the natural ability of plants to tolerate environmental stresses and to support and protect the higher yield potential of the crops.

At Indigo, we conduct multiple levels of biosafety studies during our screening and product development stages. Based on these, we select microbes that are innocuous to mammals, plants, and environment, and we advance these microbes in our pipeline as potential candidates for our products

Has regulatory approval been granted for planned commercialization in 2018?

Yes, we have been granted regulatory approval for Indigo CottonTM and Indigo WheatTM in Australia.

More questions?

We would be happy to answer any additional questions you might have about Indigo technology or this season’s offers. Please send us a note through our Contact page.

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