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Indigo Production Contracts

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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Planning on growing HRWW?

Buy Indigo-Treated Seed

Improve Yields through Seed Treated with Indigo® Microbial Technology

We all know the risk growers face each time they raise a crop. Weather poses a significant challenge, especially for wheat farmers in the U.S. 

Harnessing microbes that have helped plants since the beginning, we have developed microbial seed treatments to support crops grown under water stress. Our products protect fields throughout the season and enable yield increases as high as 30+% in tough conditions. With Indigo’s offer, growers have access to high-quality seed varieties they may already be using, as well as cutting-edge microbial technology. 

Our goal: to help you reduce your variability and grow your profits.

 

Increase Your Yield Potential

 

Successful seasons start with the highest quality seed. When you buy Indigo-selected seeds that are treated with Indigo® microbial technology, you’re not just benefiting from years of research in microbiology—you’re also getting top-of-the-line seed varieties, selected for attributes like: 

  • Significant yield potential

  • Superior milling quality

  • Tailored package of seed variety, chemistry, and microbe for your fields

Hard Red Wheat

TAM 112
Early
Maturity
Good
Test Weight
Good
Yield Potential
Average
Overall Disease Resistance
Good
Protein
Key Geographies
  • Texas & Oklahoma Panhandles
  • Western Kansas
  • Eastern Colorado
Agronomic Profile
  • + Excellent drought tolerance
  • + Moderately resistant to wheat streak mosaic
  • + Very high tillering
  • - Below-average straw strength
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

TAM 114
Medium
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Excellent
Yield Potential
Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Very Good
Protein
Key Geographies
  • Texas High Plains
  • Western Kansas
  • Eastern Colorado
Agronomic Profile
  • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
  • + Resistant to stripe and stem rust
  • + Moderately resistant to leaf rust
  • - Moderately susceptible to soilborne mosaic and WSMV
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

Byrd
Medium
Maturity
Average
Test Weight
Exceptional
Yield Potential
Somewhat susceptible
Overall Disease Resistance
Average
Protein
Key Geographies
  • High Plains
Agronomic Profile
  • + Excellent milling and baking quality
  • + Excellent drought tolerance
  • + Very high tillering
  • - Susceptible to stem rust and stripe rust
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

Gallagher
Medium
Maturity
Average
Test Weight
Excellent
Yield Potential
Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Average
Protein
Key Geographies
  • Oklahoma
  • Southern Kansas
Agronomic Profile
  • + Good drought tolerance
  • + Good leaf health
  • + More resistant than most to barley yellow dwarf
  • - Prone to physiological leaf spotting
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

Avery
Medium-Late
Maturity
Average
Test Weight
Very Good
Yield Potential
Somewhat susceptible
Overall Disease Resistance
Average
Protein
Key Geographies
  • High Plains
Agronomic Profile
  • + Exceptional milling and baking qualities
  • + Excellent winterhardiness
  • + Resistant to wheat curl mite and Greenbug biotype E
  • - Susceptible to stripe and stem rust
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

Doublestop CL Plus
Medium-Late
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Excellent
Yield Potential
Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Average
Protein
Key Geographies
  • High Plains
Agronomic Profile
  • + Tolerant to acidic soils
  • + Very good yield potential and test weights
  • + Long coleoptile
  • - Can be late maturing
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

SY Monument
Medium-Late
Maturity
Good
Test Weight
Excellent
Yield Potential
Very Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Average
Protein
Key Geographies
  • Central and western Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Nebraska
  • the Texas Panhandle
Agronomic Profile
  • + Very adaptable and high yielding across multiple environments
  • + Very high tillering
  • + Excellent overall leaf disease package
  • - Average straw strength
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

Bob Dole
Medium
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Very Good
Yield Potential
Very Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Average
Protein
Key Geographies
  • Central Corridor
Agronomic Profile
  • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
  • + Good disease package (leaf rust, stripe rust, and scab)
  • + Good drought tolerance
  • - Lower tillering
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Hard Red Wheat

LCS Mint
Medium
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Excellent
Yield Potential
Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Good
Protein
Key Geographies
  • Hight Plains
Agronomic Profile
  • + Very good soil acidity tolerance
  • + Excellent drought tolerance
  • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
  • - Susceptible to leaf rust
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres
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Soft Red Wheat

Indigo® 134B
Medium
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Very Good
Straw Strength
Exceptional
Yield Potential
Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Key Geographies
  • Southern Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
Agronomic Profile
  • + Highest top-end yield potential
  • + Mennel-preferred variety
  • - Susceptible to stripe rust
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Soft Red Wheat

Indigo® 124C
Medium
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Very Good
Straw Strength
Very Good
Yield Potential
Very Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Key Geographies
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Southeastern Missouri
Agronomic Profile
  • + Lead product for growers who prefer smooth head
  • + Consistent performance across a large geography
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Soft Red Wheat

Indigo® 113B
Early - Medium
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Very Good
Straw Strength
Very Good
Yield Potential
Very Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Key Geographies
  • Missouri
  • Southern Illinois
  • Southern Indiana
  • Kentucky
Agronomic Profile
  • + Strong disease package
  • + Handles wet feet very well
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Soft Red Wheat

Indigo® 114B
Medium
Maturity
Very Good
Test Weight
Very Good
Straw Strength
Excellent
Yield Potential
Very Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Key Geographies
  • Missouri (leading variety)
  • Southwestern Illinois
Agronomic Profile
  • + Very good standability
  • + Strong milling and baking qualities
  • - Can be vulnerable to powdery mildew
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Soft Red Wheat

Indigo® 294A
Medium
Maturity
Good
Test Weight
Very Good
Straw Strength
Very Good
Yield Potential
Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Key Geographies
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
Agronomic Profile
  • + Excellent winterhardiness
  • + Consistent performance across growing regions
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Soft Red Wheat

Indigo® 284A
Early - Medium
Maturity
Excellent
Test Weight
Very Good
Straw Strength
Very Good
Yield Potential
Good /Very Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Key Geographies
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
Agronomic Profile
  • + Strong test weight
  • + Consistent performance across growing regions
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres

Soft Red Wheat

Indigo® 273A
Early - Medium
Maturity
Excellent
Test Weight
Very Good
Straw Strength
Very Good
Yield Potential
Good
Overall Disease Resistance
Key Geographies
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
Agronomic Profile
  • + Very good test weight
  • + Consistent performance across growing regions
  • Indigo® Microbial technology applied to a leading seed variety
  • Seed is also treated with fungicide and insecticide
  • Seed is financed at 0% through August 10, 2019
  • Seed Price: $22.75 / 50lb unit
  • Free Agronomic Services on minimum of 1,000 acres
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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 options for certified organic growers?

Yes. Currently, Indigo offers microbial seed treatments for corn and wheat that have been reviewed and approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production systems. We are committed to helping farmers to both reduce their environmental impact and bring a sustainably produced crop to consumers, and we intend to receive an OMRI listing for products across many crops.

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.