Addressing the Demands for High Quality and Sustainably-produced Food

By StartUp City | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

David Perry, President, CEO & Director

Indigo Ag, Inc., a Boston- based agricultural technology company based in Massachusetts works with plant microbes to improve cotton, wheat, maize, soybeans, and rice yields. The company also provides farmers with plant storage and other logistics programs. By using natural microbiology and digital technologies, Indigo improves producers’ profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health. By using beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with producers to produce high-quality harvests in a sustainable manner. The company then directly connects producers and buyers to market the harvests. Indigo continues its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet throughout the supply chain.

"We imagine the combination of satellite data and machine learning providing a spectrum of insights to growers—from the past, in the present, and for the future of their farms"

Indigo is now evolving with newer technological advancements by partnering with other IT organizations. One of the recent mergers of the company was with TellusLabs Inc. TellusLabs is a machine-learning and earth- monitoring company that responds to time-sensitive economic and environmental issues by incorporating decades of satellite imaging and other geospatial data into a dynamic map of the earth.

Indigo adds the proprietary TellusLabs platform and expert staff to decrease risk and improve the producers’ yield potential. With this technology and staff, Indigo will expand its data insight and recommendation platform to include scope and precision. These insights will provide the global food system with transparency. TellusLabs has developed a live map of the world’s food supply, tracing decisions on farm management and agronomic parameters in real time, crop type, including field boundaries, planting, and harvest dates, and overall crop performance. In combination with proprietary machine learning, the platform can influence the environmental impact of spatial farming practices. In combination with weather and other historical data and predictive algorithms, TellusLabs has built its flagship product, Kernel, to gain insights into the global food system. This product, which can monitor crop progress on a daily basis and forecast crop yields before harvesting worldwide, is used by Indigo to enable data-based decision - making for growers and buyers throughout the season.

“We imagine the combination of satellite data and machine learning providing a spectrum of insights to growers—from the past, in the present, and for the future of their farms,” says Geoffrey von Maltzahn, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of Indigo. As he wishes, this venture will be giving new and useful insights to the growers that will then result in building and ensuring an efficient agricultural mechanism with technological applications.

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