The platform was launched in 2017 and involves collaborating with 50 growers and agronomic experts to evaluate agricultural technologies over 25,000 acres. It has evolved over the past 12 months to provide further support to growers through real-time, farm-specific insights collected from commercial-scale testing. Using over a trillion data points gathered daily from sensors, drones, weather stations, and other technologies the platform will optimize on-farm decision making, accelerate the adoption of new technologies and improve grower profitability.
“Traditional agriculture has never had access to this level of information,” said Jeremy Jack of Silent Shade Planting Co., a Mississippi Delta based advisory board member and Indigo Research Partner. “The data I am seeing on my farm through Indigo Research Partners allow me to make key decisions to improve our profitability and understand the truth on my farm. These are insights we can trust to make a difference on our farms.”
Indigo Research Partners enables an entirely new method of agricultural R&D by eliminating the “one-size-fits-all” approach associated with traditional field trials. The platform is designed to generate data relevant to a specific farm or field and lead to actionable insights for growers. The breadth and depth of the platform is designed to generate data relevant to a specific farm or field and lead to actionable insights for growers. The breadth and depth of the platform prepares growers to manage any number of environmental and field conditions, from cold and wet stress to heat and water scarcity.
“We are developing a new approach to agricultural R&D that will enable data-based decisions and promote continuous improvement across technologies,” said David Perry, president and chief executive officer of Indigo. “Ultimately, Indigo Research Partners will serve as an open-source data platform for all growers, delivering insights that can improve the profitability and sustainability of their farms.”