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See how growing Indigo crops could impact your farm.

Indigo enables you to receive bids directly from buyers.

Sell with Indigo

Premium Pricing + Higher Yields = Increased Profitability

  • Guaranteed premium paid per bushel.

  • Potential to raise yields with our proprietary microbial technology.

  • Access to premium seed selected for your region and financed at 0% throughout the season.

  • Free data-based agronomic services.
  • The benefits above apply to cotton, wheat, corn, soybeans, or rice produced on contracted acres.

Subject to terms of the Indigo Grower Agreement

SEE HOW GROWING INDIGO CROPS COULD IMPACT YOUR FARM

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Indigo FAQ

Who is Indigo?

Fueled by its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, Indigo is driving positive change in agriculture. The company, founded in 2014, is focused on the science behind the plant microbiome and the interactions between microbes living within the plant and in its surrounding environment. After successfully developing microbial seed treatments that increase crop yield with the same or fewer inputs, Indigo launched the Indigo Production model, designed to improve profitability for farmers.

 

Today, Indigo continues to innovate based on 3 core pillars: 1) Increasing Profitability for Today’s Growers & The Next Generation 2) Preserving Environmental Resources for Future Generations, and 3) Providing Healthier Food & Fiber to Consumers.

What is the Indigo Production model?

The Indigo Production model is an acreage-based crop production contract, designed to improve farmer cash flow and increase profitability. It differs from traditional production models in that growers are paid a premium on all bushels produced on all contracted acres – with no minimum production requirement. The Indigo Production model encompasses multiple dynamic components:

  • Indigo growers are paid a premium at delivery.
  • Indigo growers are supplied seed treated with Indigo’sÆ microbial seed treatment, at no upfront cost and 0% interest. The cost of the seed is deducted from the payment after delivery.
  • Indigo growers receive on-site agronomic advisory services six times per season, at no additional charge.
  • Indigo’s microbial seed treatment is designed to improve crop yield with the same or fewer inputs.
  • Indigo contracts with growers to store grain on their farm through innovative storage, transportation, and financing solutions.

What is the Indigo microbial seed treatment?

Indigo’s core product is a microbial seed treatment designed to improve crop yield in the face of environmental stress. Indigo’s scientists study the microorganisms naturally found within plants and their surrounding environments; they then use machine learning and algorithms to predict the optimal combination of microbes for improved yield in the face of stresses such as nitrogen and water limitation. Indigo’s seed treatment is all natural and non-GMO.

How can Indigo pay a premium?

Indigo growers produce a premium crop, not a commodity. Rather than paying a standard price per bushel and blending quality to average, Indigo preserves the identity of the grain and provides traceability back to the farm upon which it was grown. Value is created by delivering a higher quality crop through a more efficient transportation system. This added value is shared with farmers in the form of a premium.

Where does the grain go at harvest?

At harvest, Indigo grain typically goes immediately into on farm storage, in the form of grain bins or bags. Ultimately, Indigo grain goes to premium buyers who value quality, sustainability, and traceability. These buyers subsequently offer a high-quality product for end-users. Indigo works with growers for both on farm storage and transportation, in order to build a more efficient supply chain for food and fiber.

If I grow with Indigo, do I have to make any changes to my farming practices?

Indigo believes that farmers know their farm best, and therefore does not require growers to make changes to their farming practices in most cases. Indigo’s agronomic advisors may make recommendations from time to time, in an effort to improve yield potential, grain quality, and sustainability. For organic or transitioning programs, Indigo will help ensure that growers meet certification standards.

Can I choose any variety of seed?

Indigo’s agronomic advisors work with Indigo growers to choose the ideal seed varieties from a preselected list tailored to both buyer demand and environmental conditions. Growers may request specific seed varieties, but final selection is subject to availability and compatibility with Indigo’s microbial seed treatment. After seed selection, Indigo works with seed partners to source, treat, and deliver seed to Indigo growers, at no upfront charge.

Does Indigo have organic options?

Yes. Currently, Indigo is certified organic in corn, with organic certification in hard red winter wheat coming soon. We are committed to helping farmers both to reduce their environmental impact and bring a sustainably produced crop to consumers. Indigo will work with organic farmers to ensure that regulatory standards are being met, and that farmers continue to improve their practices. Organic farmers earn a fixed price for their organically grown Indigo crop.

Does Indigo have Non-GM options?

Yes, Indigo applies its seed treatment to Non-GM seed varieties in most crops. Indigo works with buyers of Non-GM crops to offer an additional premium to growers.

Does my grain have to meet specific quality standards?

Indigo will pay growers based on the quality of their grain. The benchmark protein content for Indigo Hard Red Winter Wheat is 10.5%. While our protein ladder presently tops out at 12.5%, we are looking to add more flexibility in the future and allow for protein content that surpasses this percentage. Growers will earn a premium by outperforming this benchmark, with each 0.2% increase in protein content translating to an additional $0.01 in compensation.

What services do the Indigo Agronomic Advisor provide?

Indigo’s agronomic advisor will visit each grower’s farm an average of six times per season. The agronomist will provide recommendations and advice, as well as collect data to inform continuous improvement. Examples of the topics the agronomist will cover on-site include:

  • Seed Selection
  • Disease Control
  • Insect Control
  • Weed Control
  • Fertility Plan
  • Quality Testing & Profiling
  • Yield Monitoring

What does Indigo do with the data collected from my farm?

Growers hold absolute ownership over their data, whereas Indigo only gains access to this information through licensing. We aggregate data collected from all growers and apply extensive analysis for continuous improvement. Indigo may utilize data to make recommendations to farms, but we will not share an individual’s data with other growers or third parties. Data insights are the backbone of Indigo’s ability to adapt and impact positive agricultural change, and growers may be asked to provide data from time to time.

Does Indigo require on-farm storage?

Indigo helps growers store grain at harvest in order to streamline the supply chain. The Indigo Production contract requires a minimum of three months of on-farm storage and allows growers to specify a date by which grain must be emptied. Growers will be compensated for storage periods in excess of three months. Indigo offers unique financing options for grain bagging equipment.

Can I market my Indigo grain?

Grain grown under the Indigo Production model is committed to Indigo buyers. However, Indigo growers can price out up to 100% of their APH at any given time, based on the KCBOT Futures Market. Growers price in multiple tranches at any point until harvest; they will be charged $0.05 per bushel priced before harvest.

How far will I have to truck my grain?

Delivery distance will vary by farm location and will be based on proximity to buyers. Delivery distance will be set at contract signing, and any actual deliveries beyond that distance will be compensated. Indigo growers can also request grain to be picked up from their farm.

Is there an acreage minimum?

The minimum acreage for an Indigo Production model contract is 320 acres. Indigo also offers growers the option to obtain Indigo-treated seed from authorized seed dealers at 0% financing.

Indigo Has Offers in Five Major Row Crops

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Cotton
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Corn
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Wheat
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Rice