We partnered with Wasa, the world's largest producer of crispbread to cultivate a more sustainable rye crop. By working together with German and Swedish growers in their supply chain, we'll help Wasa further reduce its field to shelf emissions through the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices. In Sweden, Svensk Kolinlagring  will join the partnership.  

    The partnership is part of our Indigo Carbon Pilot program in which we will support 20 growers in Germany and Sweden in transitioning to regenerative agriculture practices through a combination of workshops, 1:1 visits in the field and Indigo's system of digital solutions. 

    The early learnings that we capture from this pilot such as the unique challenges European growers face in transitioning, will be used to inform the scale up of a formal launch of Indigo Carbon - a program that pays growers for sequestering carbon in their soils through regenerative practices- in Germany and across Europe. 

    Sharing a vision for more sustainably grown rye

    High-quality rye has been a core ingredient of Wasa Crispbread for more than a century. Our partnership demonstrates how adopting beneficial agriculture practices can meet the need for carbon sequestration and lower emissions while also enabling growers to increase their profitability.

    Wasa was born more than 100 years ago in the north of Sweden. All these years we've been surrounded by the beautiful raw nature of Sweden, with its transparent water and its thick forests, so nature is an integral part of what we are. We started compensating for our emissions but we want to do more. Through this pilot we hope to understand how we can further lower our emissions and even sequester carbon back into the soil.

    Katarina Waak, Global Marketing Manager at Wasa

    Lowering carbon emissions through beneficial agriculture

    In 2019, we launched Indigo Carbon in the U.S. , a program that promotes beneficial agriculture practices and helps to reduce overall farm emissions while sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

    Our Indigo Carbon Pilot is the first step in bringing the program to Europe. Together with Wasa, we will transition approximately 400 hectares of farmland to regenerative agriculture and start to measure the change in soil organic carbon.

    We strongly believe in the potential of regenerative agriculture practices to improve the health of famers’ soil, the planet, and their bottom line. Our approach is backed by technology, driven by innovation and supports sustainability across the supply chain. It is also underpinned by new and rigorous methodologies for greenhouse gas accounting recently approved by Verra and Climate Action Reserve. This is generating confidence amongst global companies who have already committed to purchase agricultural carbon credits through Indigo which will directly support growers leading the transition to a farming system that is more beneficial for people and the planet.

    Georg Goeres, Head of Europe at Indigo

    The power of the carbon cycle

    Plants everywhere undergo photosynthesis, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Plants mainly convert this carbon into leaves, stems, and roots, as well as transferring some of it to the soil as simple sugars. Carbon adds new life to the soil. And like most natural processes, it’s a cycle: the more fertile the soil, the more life it can support, and more carbon is added. Some farming practices encourage carbon capture, while others result in its loss. We’re incentivizing farmers to adopt methods (regenerative practices) that keep the carbon embedded in the soil, rather than releasing it back into the atmosphere.

     

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    We want to make our soil climate-friendly.

    B. Meise,
    CEO Fürstenwalder Agraprodukte GmbH Buchholz, German farmer participating in the Indigo Carbon Pilot

    Hard Red Wheat

    TAM 112
    Early
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Good
    Yield Potential
    Average
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Good
    Protein
    • Texas & Oklahoma Panhandles
    • Western Kansas
    • Eastern Colorado
    • + Excellent drought tolerance
    • + Moderately resistant to wheat streak mosaic
    • + Very high tillering
    • - Below-average straw strength

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    TAM 114
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Very Good
    Protein
    • Texas High Plains
    • Western Kansas
    • Eastern Colorado
    • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
    • + Resistant to stripe and stem rust
    • + Moderately resistant to leaf rust
    • - Moderately susceptible to soilborne mosaic and WSMV

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    Byrd
    Medium
    Maturity
    Average
    Test Weight
    Exceptional
    Yield Potential
    Somewhat susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • High Plains
    • + Excellent milling and baking quality
    • + Excellent drought tolerance
    • + Very high tillering
    • - Susceptible to stem rust and stripe rust

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    Gallagher
    Medium
    Maturity
    Average
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • Oklahoma
    • Southern Kansas
    • + Good drought tolerance
    • + Good leaf health
    • + More resistant than most to barley yellow dwarf
    • - Prone to physiological leaf spotting

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    Avery
    Medium-Late
    Maturity
    Average
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Yield Potential
    Somewhat susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • High Plains
    • + Exceptional milling and baking qualities
    • + Excellent winterhardiness
    • + Resistant to wheat curl mite and Greenbug biotype E
    • - Susceptible to stripe and stem rust

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    Doublestop CL Plus
    Medium-Late
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • High Plains
    • + Tolerant to acidic soils
    • + Very good yield potential and test weights
    • + Long coleoptile
    • - Can be late maturing

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    SY Monument
    Medium-Late
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • Central and western Kansas
    • Oklahoma
    • Nebraska
    • the Texas Panhandle
    • + Very adaptable and high yielding across multiple environments
    • + Very high tillering
    • + Excellent overall leaf disease package
    • - Average straw strength

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    Bob Dole
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • Central Corridor
    • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
    • + Good disease package (leaf rust, stripe rust, and scab)
    • + Good drought tolerance
    • - Lower tillering

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    LCS Mint
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Good
    Protein
    • Hight Plains
    • + Very good soil acidity tolerance
    • + Excellent drought tolerance
    • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
    • - Susceptible to leaf rust

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    Langin
    Early
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Exceptional
    Yield Potential
    Average
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein

    High Plains

    • + Resistant to wheat curl mite
    • + Strong stripe rust resistance
    • + Solid milling and baking qualities
    • - Somewhat vulnerable to Hessian fly and leaf rust

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Hard Red Wheat

    Smith’s Gold
    Medium
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Exceptional
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein

    Central Plains

    • + Excellent resistance to Hessian fly, green bug, and stripe rust
    • + Well equipped to handle nitrogen-imbalanced environments
    • + Stellar milling and baking readiness
    • - Somewhat inclined to physiological leaf spotting
    • - Pre-harvest sprouting tendency if harvest is substantially delayed

    * Seed variety for purchase from authorized dealers

    Planning on growing HRWW?

    Soft Red Wheat

    Indigo® 134B
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Straw Strength
    Exceptional
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    • Southern Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Ohio
    • Kentucky
    • + Highest top-end yield potential
    • + Mennel-preferred variety
    • - Susceptible to stripe rust

    Soft Red Wheat

    Indigo® 124C
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Straw Strength
    Very Good
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    • Indiana
    • Ohio
    • Illinois
    • Kentucky
    • Southeastern Missouri
    • + Lead product for growers who prefer smooth head
    • + Consistent performance across a large geography

    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
    • Missouri
    • Southern Illinois
    • Southern Indiana
    • Kentucky
    • + Strong disease package
    • + Handles wet feet very well

    Soft Red Wheat

    Indigo® 114B
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Straw Strength
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    • Missouri (leading variety)
    • Southwestern Illinois
    • + Very good standability
    • + Strong milling and baking qualities
    • - Can be vulnerable to powdery mildew

    Soft Red Wheat

    Indigo® 294A
    Medium
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Straw Strength
    Very Good
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    • Ohio
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Kentucky
    • Missouri
    • + Excellent winterhardiness
    • + Consistent performance across growing regions

    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
    • Ohio
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Missouri
    • + Strong test weight
    • + Consistent performance across growing regions

    Soft Red Wheat

    Indigo® 273A
    Early - Medium
    Maturity
    Excellent
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Straw Strength
    Very Good
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    • Ohio
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Missouri
    • + Very good test weight
    • + Consistent performance across growing regions
    Planning on growing HRWW?

    Cotton

    TAM 112
    Early
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Good
    Yield Potential
    Average
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Good
    Protein
    • Texas & Oklahoma Panhandles
    • Western Kansas
    • Eastern Colorado
    • + Excellent drought tolerance
    • + Moderately resistant to wheat streak mosaic
    • + Very high tillering
    • - Below-average straw strength

    Cotton

    TAM 114
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Very Good
    Protein
    • Texas High Plains
    • Western Kansas
    • Eastern Colorado
    • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
    • + Resistant to stripe and stem rust
    • + Moderately resistant to leaf rust
    • - Moderately susceptible to soilborne mosaic and WSMV

    Cotton

    Byrd
    Medium
    Maturity
    Average
    Test Weight
    Exceptional
    Yield Potential
    Somewhat susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • High Plains
    • + Excellent milling and baking quality
    • + Excellent drought tolerance
    • + Very high tillering
    • - Susceptible to stem rust and stripe rust

    Cotton

    Gallagher
    Medium
    Maturity
    Average
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • Oklahoma
    • Southern Kansas
    • + Good drought tolerance
    • + Good leaf health
    • + More resistant than most to barley yellow dwarf
    • - Prone to physiological leaf spotting

    Cotton

    Avery
    Medium-Late
    Maturity
    Average
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Yield Potential
    Somewhat susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • High Plains
    • + Exceptional milling and baking qualities
    • + Excellent winterhardiness
    • + Resistant to wheat curl mite and Greenbug biotype E
    • - Susceptible to stripe and stem rust

    Cotton

    Doublestop CL Plus
    Medium-Late
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • High Plains
    • + Tolerant to acidic soils
    • + Very good yield potential and test weights
    • + Long coleoptile
    • - Can be late maturing

    Cotton

    SY Monument
    Medium-Late
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • Central and western Kansas
    • Oklahoma
    • Nebraska
    • the Texas Panhandle
    • + Very adaptable and high yielding across multiple environments
    • + Very high tillering
    • + Excellent overall leaf disease package
    • - Average straw strength

    Cotton

    Bob Dole
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Very Good
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein
    • Central Corridor
    • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
    • + Good disease package (leaf rust, stripe rust, and scab)
    • + Good drought tolerance
    • - Lower tillering

    Cotton

    LCS Mint
    Medium
    Maturity
    Very Good
    Test Weight
    Excellent
    Yield Potential
    Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Good
    Protein
    • Hight Plains
    • + Very good soil acidity tolerance
    • + Excellent drought tolerance
    • + Excellent milling and baking qualities
    • - Susceptible to leaf rust

    Cotton

    Langin
    Early
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Exceptional
    Yield Potential
    Average
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein

    High Plains

    • + Resistant to wheat curl mite
    • + Strong stripe rust resistance
    • + Solid milling and baking qualities
    • - Somewhat vulnerable to Hessian fly and leaf rust

    Cotton

    Smith’s Gold
    Medium
    Maturity
    Good
    Test Weight
    Exceptional
    Yield Potential
    Very Good
    Overall Disease Resistance
    Average
    Protein

    Central Plains

    • + Excellent resistance to Hessian fly, green bug, and stripe rust
    • + Well equipped to handle nitrogen-imbalanced environments
    • + Stellar milling and baking readiness
    • - Somewhat inclined to physiological leaf spotting
    • - Pre-harvest sprouting tendency if harvest is substantially delayed
    Planning on growing HRWW?

    Corn

    Indigo provides a range of high performance hybrids with excellent agronomic profiles, including strong:

    • Stress Emergence
    • Vigor
    • Disease Resistance
    • Stalk and Root Strength Strength
    • Drought Tolerance

    Soy

    The high-yielding varieties we offer deliver on quality and hold up to stress, showing stellar:

    • Stress Emergence
    • Vigor
    • Canopy Closure
    • Disease Resistance
    • Drought Tolerance
    • Standability
    • Dry Down
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    Rice Varieties

    CL153
    Clearfield
    Exceptional
    Grain Quality
    Moderately Resistant
    Lodging
    Moderately Susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    42 inches
    Plant Height
    81 Days
    Days to 50% Heading
    Geography
    • Texas to Missouri
    Agronomy
    • + Significant grain length, seedling vigor, and yield potential
    • + Strong milling quality
    • + Broad-spectrum blast resistance
    • – Somewhat susceptible to sheath blight, kernel smut, false smut

    Rice Varieties

    CL111
    Clearfield
    Excellent
    Grain Quality
    Moderately Susceptible
    Lodging
    Susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    39 inches
    Plant Height
    77 Days
    Days to 50% Heading
    Geography
    • South Louisiana and beyond
    Agronomy
    • + High yield potential
    • + Exceptional ratoon performance
    • + Very early maturity
    • – Susceptible to sheath blight and bacterial panicle blight

    Rice Varieties

    PVL01
    Exceptional
    Grain Quality
    N/A
    Lodging
    Susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    35 inches
    Plant Height
    89 Days
    Days to 50% Heading
    Geography
    • Mid-South
    Agronomy
    • + Resistant to Provisia herbicide
    • + Remedy for fields populated with Newpath-resistant red rice and weedy rice
    • + Superior grain length, seedling vigor, tillering, and milling quality
    • – Susceptible to bacterial panicle blight, blast, false smut

    Rice Varieties

    Presidio
    Excellent
    Grain Quality
    Moderately Resistant
    Lodging
    Moderately Susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    38 inches
    Plant Height
    81 Days
    Days to 50% Heading
    Geography
    • Texas
    Agronomy
    • + Excellent ratoon potential
    • + Good yield potential
    • + Good seedling vigor
    • – Susceptible to sheath blight and panicle blight

    Rice Varieties

    Mermentau
    Excellent
    Grain Quality
    Moderately Resistant
    Lodging
    Susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    35 inches
    Plant Height
    85 Days
    Days to 50% Heading
    Geography
    • Louisiana
    Agronomy
    • + Significant straw strength
    • + High ratoon potential
    • + Good seedling vigor
    • – Susceptible to sheath blight and bacterial panicle blight

    Rice Varieties

    Cheniere
    Exceptional
    Grain Quality
    Moderately Resistant
    Lodging
    Moderately Susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    38 inches
    Plant Height
    89 Days
    Days to 50% Heading
    Geography
    • Louisiana
    Agronomy
    • + Excellent yield potential
    • + Good resistance to blast
    • + Favored by mills
    • – Susceptible to sheath blight and cercospora

    Rice Varieties

    Diamond
    Very Good
    Grain Quality
    Moderately Susceptible
    Lodging
    Moderately Susceptible
    Overall Disease Resistance
    41 inches
    Plant Height
    78 Days
    Days to 50% Heading
    Geography
    • Arkansas
    Agronomy
    • + High yield potential
    • + Good seedling vigor and straw strength
    • + Substantial ratoon crop
    • – Susceptible to false smut
    Planning on growing HRWW?

    Our Pilot: By the Numbers

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    400
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    Optimizing our model for Europe

    Our pilot couples data-driven insights and on-farm agronomic support to help German and Swedish growers adopt proven conservation practices (reducing the use of synthetic inputs, minimizing soil disturbance, maximizing crop diversity).

    The methods we use in the pilot to measure on-farm environmental savings will further inform our efforts with Indigo Carbon in Europe. 

    First verified agricultural carbon credits

    Unlike other programs, Indigo Carbon will be underpinned by a unique and robust methodology developed by the Climate Action Reserve, one of the leading international registries operating in this field. This will verify and certify each ton generated by growers in the program. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is regenerative agriculture?

    Regenerative agriculture represents a management system that sequesters carbon in soils, increases biodiversity, and supports key ecosystem functions.
    Working with entrepreneurial growers who have pioneered regenerative farming, we have learned five core principles that improve the overall health of soil and resiliency of the land. These include:
    • Cover crops
    • Crop rotation
    • No-till/reduced tilling (minimize soil disturbance)
    • Reduce chemical inputs
    • Integrate livestock
    Unlike sustainable agriculture which maintains the status quo of an existing operation, regenerative agriculture seeks to improve upon a system, restoring the land and improving productivity.

    What are the benefits of regenerative farming practices?

    Regenerative practices offer benefits to growers, consumers, and the planet. For growers, these practices can improve their profitability, as regenerative farming reduces input costs and improves resiliency in the face of extreme weather events. For all of us as consumers, these practices improve the quality of crops we use in our food and clothing. For the planet, these practices reduce the amount of chemicals applied to farmland and the degradation of soil, while also removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    What is Indigo Carbon and when will it launch in Europe?

    Indigo Carbon is a program that supports farmers in implementing beneficial farming practices and connects them with organizations, nonprofits and governments looking to offset their carbon emissions by purchasing verified agricultural carbon credits.
     
    In Europe, we start with an Indigo Carbon Pilot in which we test our methodology and adapt it to local requirements. The program will be launched in the near future, starting in Germany.  

    How will you measure the progress made in changes to soil organic carbon?

    We will take physical soil samples at the beginning of the pilot and again in the year to measure the Soil Organic Carbon changes. In the future, for scalability and cost efficiency, we will transition to a measure/model approach, we are working with VCS/ Verra on this methodology.